The recent announcement by US manufacturer REC Silicon that it would establish a new polysilicon plant has highlighted an upcoming trend in the polysilicon industry: the rise of fluidised bed reactor (FBR) technology. Will it live up to expectation, asks Johannes Bernreuter.
By stirring up US nationalist sentiment about Qatar’s investment in SolarWorld, the Coalition for Affordable Energy (CASE) is detracting from its more compelling legal arguments in a very global trade case.
The news today that HelioVolt – one of the few remaining custodians of US based PV manufacturing – will cease operations is terrible news for the 100-plus employees that have been working hard at HelioVolt to advance PV manufacturing in the US.
Salvatore Bernabei, head of Enel Green Power in Chile and Andean countries tells Lucy Woods how the company plans to get more projects up and running and exploit the region’s abundant solar resources.
Earlier this week it emerged that work was underway on East Africa’s first utility-scale PV power plant. Ben Willis reports on how the project demonstrates solar’s potential to be more than just a means of tackling rural poverty in Africa.
Recently, we prepared two exclusive blogs for PV-Tech that outlined what PV cell production and technologies looked like at the start of 2014: Can PV technology change before 2015? and What does NPD Solarbuzz’ solar cell rankings for 2013 reveal?
Does the US solar industry need Taiwan, more than Taiwan needs the US solar industry? This is perhaps one of the biggest questions to ask as the latest US ITC investigations gain traction. Finlay Colville offers some answers.
Richard Weiner is representing the Chinese solar industry in the latest trade dispute in the US brought by SolarWorld. He tells PV Tech why he’s feeling confident and why he thinks the claim says more about SolarWorld than it does about China’s manufacturers.
Around about this time each year, we have a closer look at the PV technologies that were used to make all the solar panels in 2013 that ended up being shipped through downstream channels.
Former US president Bill Clinton led a rally of high profile calls for a rethinking of renewable energy investment at a clean-tech conference in Germany last week. Lucy Woods heard what he had to say.