From a rare appearance by one of PV’s biggest investors to the prospects for a revival of large-scale solar in Germany, PV Tech rounds up the week’s biggest solar stories from around the world.
It appears the waiting is over during September 2014 for Chinese suppliers (and all other suppliers of modules to Europe), regarding the minimum import price (MIP) for the 3-month period October to December 2014 (Q4’14).
The globalisation of end market demand for PV as the technology becomes increasingly cost competitive has been one of the significant developments over the last few years. Mark Osborne explores which regions could now emerge as manufacturing hubs as solar goes global.
At any technology focused conference, especially in the PV industry the lack of a unified technology roadmap means that picking the winners from the losers is immensely problematic. From EU PVSEC this week, Mark Osborne reports on DuPont’s attempts to do just that.
To sustain growth, the solar cell industry must constantly find better and cheaper technologies. Imec’s Philip Pieters explains how in the quest to innovate manufacturers can benefit from working together.
A UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Energy Research Partnership (ERP) report that looks at the materials availability for a low-carbon future analysed much of published data on rare-earth metals such as indium and tellurium but didn’t panic over material supply issues, something quite rare in itself.
From Tesla’s new gigawatt battery factory to floating PV arrays in Japan, PV Tech reviews another eclectic week in the world of solar.
As the PV manufacturing industry emerges from a painful downturn, Mark Osborne assesses how leading companies have continued investing in R&D and how that will prepare them as the upturn gathers pace.
Tata Power Solar and Bridge to India have just released a report stating solar is already cost-competitive with imported coal. Talking to PV Tech, Tata’s CEO Ajay Goel and Bridge to India’s Tobias Engelmeier discuss how India can best fulfill its solar potential.
In a wide-ranging interview with Mark Osborne, NPD Solarbuzz VP Finlay Colville takes the industry’s pulse offering his insight on tech, trade tariffs, forecasts and finance.