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    Silicon module ‘super league’ targets 40% market share in 2015

    Editors' Blog | By Finlay Colville - 28 September 2015, 17:03

    A breakaway ‘super league’ of silicon module suppliers looks on course to take a 40% market share in 2015, writes Finlay Colville.

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    Brazil’s solar industry is making a big bet

    Guest Blog | By Gwendalyn Bender - 23 September 2015, 10:00

    Following a recent visit to Brazil, Vaisala’s Gwendalyn Bender reports on the challenges facing the country as it gears up to meet its aggressive PV deployment targets.

  • Atacama Module (AtaMo): a long lasting, powerful, highly efficient module for desert applications

    Guest Blog | By Dr Radovan Kopecek,Dr Joris Libal - 15 September 2015, 15:18

    Researchers are developing a new module specifically for use in desert areas, where much of the future growth in PV deployment is expected. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz, one of the research partners involved, explain the thinking behind the ‘AtaMo’ module and its attributes in harsh conditions.

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    EU PVSEC 2015: Different city same policy tune

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 15 September 2015, 07:13

    The policy or political side to Europe’s largest and most important R&D focused conference, EU PVSEC has been beating the same drum for several years and this year’s event in Hamburg is no different.

  • EIA

    US EIA stuck in the past on today’s PV module production

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 14 September 2015, 15:38

    The US Energy Information Administration’s ‘Today in Energy’ brief is more a recent history lesson in the PV industry’s troubles with overcapacity, plummeting ASPs and low utilisation rates as it only covers the period 2011 to 2013 and amazingly highlights a ‘slowdown in the growth rate of global solar panel production’.

  • US solar project

    SPI 2015: The ‘calm before the storm’ for US solar

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 14 September 2015, 12:48

    As 2015’s Solar Power International gets underway, GTM Research’s senior solar analyst Cory Honeyman explains why a record run of deployment in the last two years is just the beginning as the US market gears up for 18 months of intense activity.

  • Tobias Engelmeier

    PV Talk: Behind the record low bids in India’s state solar auctions

    Interviews | By Tom Kenning - 11 September 2015, 09:00

    This week PV Tech revealed the results of India’s latest solar auction in the state of Punjab and once again the successful bids came in very low, causing some industry concern. Tobias Engelmeier, founder and managing director of consultancy firm Bridge to India, speaks to PV Tech about what lies behind these low bids and whether they really are as reckless as some would have us believe.

  • EU-China trade deal was distorted by politics, now politics has to fix it

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 10 September 2015, 11:55

    As the European Commission considers opening an investigation to extend duties against Chinese PV manufacturers, only a similarly politicised intervention seems able to alter the universally unpopular status quo, writes John Parnell.

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    Super league of PV manufacturers emerging in a breakaway race

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 07 September 2015, 10:58

    A significant chasm is emerging between six major PV manufacturers’ nameplate capacities and shipments and the rest of the top 20 producers. Mark Osborne analyses the breakaway group.

  • PV manufacturing

    Second quarter earnings season takeaways for new entrants in PV manufacturing

    Guest Blog | By Matthias Grossmann - 04 September 2015, 12:47

    Recent second-quarter earnings figures paint a positive picture for established PV producers. Matthias Grossman looks at how start-up manufacturing companies can best take advantage of improving industry conditions.


  • Photovoltaics International 29th Edition

    Forecasting the evolution of a young, dynamic industry is by definition an uncertain business, and solar is no exception. Rarely, if ever, do the numbers broadcast by any of the various bodies involved in the PV prediction game tally, and even historical deployment rates remain the subject of hot debate. The paradox is that getting forecasts broadly right is going to become increasingly important over the next few years, particularly for those involved in producing the equipment that will support whatever levels of demand come to pass.



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