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  • 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.

  • VDE and First Solar

    PV Talk: First Solar seeks to set new standard in PV power plant performance

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 23 October 2014, 09:47

    Thin-film manufacturer and utility-scale PV plant developer First Solar revealed one of its projects had become the first of its kind to receive a Quality Tested certification from testing institutes VDE and Fraunhofer ISE. Ben Willis spoke to First Solar and VDE to learn more about the process and its wider implications for the large-scale solar sector.

  • SolarWorld at SPI 2014

    SPI 2014: SolarWorld defiant over trade case

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 22 October 2014, 09:00 | 1

    The US solar trade case continues to cast a shadow over the buoyant American PV market. Ben Willis spoke to the originators of the case, SolarWorld, at SPI 2014 to see if they stand by their actions.

  • Tesla's Gigafactory artist's impression.

    PV Talk: Why Tesla needs the Gigafactory

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 14 October 2014, 09:41

    Tesla’s much talked about Gigafactory should be up and running in 2017. The Elon Musk-owned EV maker is hoping to use it to produce up to 500,000 battery packs a year by 2020, amounting to around 50GWh. PV Tech Storage spoke with analyst Dean Frankel of Lux Research about the plan.

  • REC

    Latest effective PV capacity trends delay greenfield fab development

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 13 October 2014, 08:55

    How far can existing PV capacity go, in terms of keeping up with end-market growth? This is one of the key issues in terms of capital expenditures and tool suppliers waiting for an uptick in bookings. It is also essential to understand in terms of forecasting end-market demand in 2015, at a time when trade uncertainty and the preference for project financing is keeping new ‘greenfield’ fab build at a minimum.

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