In Depth

  • Limit for industrial c-Si solar cells reached in 2030: what next?

    Guest Blog | By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 15 July 2015, 09:58 | 1

    PV technologists often face the question of what the next-generation solar cell work-horse will look like. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz offer some answers.

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    EU PVSEC & Intersolar Europe co-locating issues

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 08 July 2015, 17:31

    Mark Osborne offers a personal perspective on the decision announced this week to co-locate two biggest events in the solar industry calendar, Intersolar Europe and EU PVSEC.

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    Leaders and laggards in PV manufacturers’ 2014 R&D spending

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 08 July 2015, 11:28

    PV Tech’s annual analysis of 12 major PV manufacturers’ R&D spending behaviour was a blockbuster in 2014.

  • Lender’s due diligence in local content solar markets

    Guest Blog | By Matthias Grossmann - 08 July 2015, 08:54

    PV’s continued growth worldwide is creating fresh opportunities for investment in new and enlarged production facilities. But as Matthias Grossman writes, the costs and risks associated with entering new markets mean caution is required by investors.

  • Building-integrated PV

    How BIPV could offer a solution to the European energy efficiency dilemma

    Guest Blog | By Silke Krawietz - 06 July 2015, 11:00

    As Europe seeks ways to impove the energy efficiency of its building stock, a key contributor to carbon emissions, building-integrated photovoltaics technology could offer some answers, writes Silke Krawietz.

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    Are the stars aligning for a boom in PV module manufacturer margins?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 01 July 2015, 11:51

    Recent reports of tigthening supply and falling polysilicon prices indicate that PV module manufacturers could be entering a period of improved profitability not seen for the last three years, writes Mark Osborne.

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    Solar accounts for 1% of global electricity, how long will the next 1% take?

    Editors' Blog | By Tom Kenning - 29 June 2015, 11:01 | 20

    Solar energy now accounts for 1% of all global electricity demand but the next 1% will come much sooner. Tom Kenning investigates just how much quicker.

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    Solar versus coal in countdown to COP21

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 24 June 2015, 11:52 | 1

    As the COP21 climate talks in Paris draw closer, solar and coal are emerging as symbols of two very different energy futures, writes Ben Willis.

  • Don’t let ITC Become the speed bump on solar’s growth road

    Guest Blog | By Laura E. Stern - 22 June 2015, 10:05

    As the political horse-trading over the future of the US solar investment tax credit gathers momentum, Laura Stern gives three good reasons why Congress should extend it.

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    The utility role in maintaining reliability as PV increases

    Guest Blog | By Jacqueline Ashmore - 16 June 2015, 09:51

    As more and more distributed generation comes on to the grid, utilities will have to adapt their practices to accommodate it. Jacqueline Ashmore of Fraunhofer CSE looks at where the most action is needed as renewables become an increasingly unavoidable fact of life.

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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