The week was bookended by two developments in the US-China trade dispute, with yield co-fuelled optimism in the middle and a debate on future of solar market royalty thrown in for good measure.
Previously confined to the R&D labs and academic solar PV roadmaps, PERC based c-Si cell capacity upgrades are starting to have a tangible impact on the PV industry. Finlay Colville investigates the drivers, myths, opportunities and the impact of PERC on PV capex and module performance.
Last week, nv vogt, a joint venture between Germany’s ib vogt and India’s APCA Power, announced it is to build an unsubsidised 6.25MW solar power plant in the Philippines. Talking to PV Tech, its managing director, Deepak Verma, reveals why the Philippines is seeing the beginnings of a ‘solar wave’.
From a simmering row brewing over US trade duties to the varying fortunes of two industry heavyweights, PV Tech reviews the week in solar.
The trade wars that have convulsed solar in recent years ultimately help no one. Ben Willis assesses the prospects for a permanent solution to a problem that has become a thorn in the industry’s side.
Although the dust has yet to truly settle on the second US anti-dumping investigation and the preliminary findings, mainstream media and financial analysts are already undertaking a post mortem and trying to pick the winners and losers.
Olivier Schäfer, president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), tells PV Tech how a proposed global PV association, with Chinese and American participation, could help ease the sector’s trade disputes.
A BRICS development bank agreed last week has been hailed as a potentially important new source of funding for solar. But as Lucy Woods writes, the BRICS nations will have to overcome some significant internal tensions first.
Google is offering a prize for prototype inverter that’s smaller than a laptop. Cormac Gilligan of IHS explains why a successful proposal could pose a threat to existing suppliers.
Last week it emerged that modules from the bankrupt US firm Solyndra have found their way into Europe’s second-hand PV market. Andy Colthorpe investigates this little reported but lively trade