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  • sma solar

    SMA Solar continues market share shenanigans

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 06 November 2014, 12:30

    Both PV Tech and market research firm IHS have repeatedly highlighted for several years that SMA Solar’s view on its market share position in the PV inverter market differs considerably from our own analysis.

  • First Solar

    What’s next for thin-film solar PV in 2015?

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 05 November 2014, 10:49

    Demand for thin-film PV is still growing, but what about supply? NPD Solarbuzz’s Finlay Colville looks at what is around the corner for thin-film PV as a technology offering to the solar industry.

  • IBC Solar

    PV Talk: What Brazil can learn from India’s solar auctions

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 05 November 2014, 06:42

    Brazil’s first solar auction at the end of last week raised eyebrows with incredibly low project prices averaging out at less than US$87/MWh. Tobias Engelmeier, managing director of the consultancy Bridge to India discusses what lessons Brazil could take from India’s experiences with solar auctions.

  • Atsuhiko Hirano

    PV Talk: Solar Frontier sets sights on US CIGS play

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 03 November 2014, 11:20

    Japanese CIGS thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has seen significant success as a supplier to its booming domestic market, but has yet to match that overseas. Speaking to PV Tech, the company’s new CEO Atsuhiko Hirano outlines his vision to take Solar Frontier global and his hopes for the role of CIGS technology in the PV market.

  • solarbuzz

    Why p-type multi c-Si is seeing strong market share gains

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 29 October 2014, 12:00 | 1

    Modules based on p-type multi c-Si technologies are set to dominate the PV industry over the next five years, according to analysis in the new NPD Solarbuzz PV Technology Roadmap report.

  • Exclusive: 2015 solar PV demand forecast interview with NPD Solarbuzz

    Interviews | By Mark Osborne - 28 October 2014, 11:03

    Following the events of recent trade shows in Europe and the US, Mark Osborne took the opportunity to speak with NPD Solarbuzz team leader Finlay Colville regarding the level of end-market demand that can be expected in 2015.

  • European Union

    EPIA: EU 2030 renewables target a crucial signal for investments in solar

    Guest Blog | By Frauke Thies - 28 October 2014, 10:59

    The EU agreed its 2030 climate and energy package last week with the end product leaving many underwhelmed. Frauke Thies, policy director at the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, explains how even this modest victory could be a first step toward a more stable policy future for solar in Europe.

  • imec

    The dielectric passivation revolution from p-Si Al BSF to n-Si PERT cells (and beyond)

    Guest Blog | By Filip Duerinckx - 27 October 2014, 15:50

    In the beginning, there was nothing. At least there was no dielectric passivation applied to the silicon solar cells from the early production lines of the 1980s, an era when PV production companies were still thinking in terms of MWp rather than GWp factories.

  • SPI 2014

    What SPI 2014 told us about US solar

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 24 October 2014, 08:01

    SPI 2014 provided a snapshot of the US solar industry. There was news of an imminent investment boom, a deadline drawing in for a resolution to the US-China trade dispute, exciting technological advances and a campaign to protect a key support mechanism. Ben Willis puts the show’s developments in their wider context.

  • Solar Energy UK

    Battery big guns eyeing 2015 launch for UK PV storage systems

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 23 October 2014, 16:01

    Sharp, ABB, SMA and Bosch are among the big names readying new energy storage products for the UK PV market. Andy Colthorpe caught up with them at the Solar Energy UK show to find out what tech fits best for the UK’s nascent storage sector.

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