In Depth

  • imec

    Accelerating photovoltaic R&D via joint collaboration

    Guest Blog | By Philip Pieters - 12 September 2014, 07:00 | 1

    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.

  • FSLR

    Rare to find a rare-earth metals report that doesn’t scare

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 11 September 2014, 11:57

    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.

  • Tesla Model S

    Tesla’s test, India solar ready to roll and Japan PV all at sea

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 05 September 2014, 10:13

    From Tesla’s new gigawatt battery factory to floating PV arrays in Japan, PV Tech reviews another eclectic week in the world of solar.

  • R&D:

    R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2013

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 03 September 2014, 10:02

    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 Solar power rooftop installation India

    No alternative for India energy but ‘solar revolution’

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 02 September 2014, 10:51

    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.

  • Finlay Colville

    PV Talk: Debunking the solar rumour mill

    Interviews | By Mark Osborne - 27 August 2014, 11:51

    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.

  • Tony Abbott

    EU ignores SolarWorld, more Abbott strife and Sunpower CEO on the off-grid dream

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 22 August 2014, 14:06

    Catch up on the week’s top headlines in just two minutes, including an exclusive interview with SunPower CEO Tom Werner, multiple new fab announcements and all the latest in the solar trade disputes.

  • Next Energy News

    Introducing our new UK site…Next Energy News

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 20 August 2014, 10:51

    PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new site for the UK market: Next Energy News.

  • SunPower and Solar Impulse visit the NASDAQ.

    Trade spats continue but yield cos make everything better

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 15 August 2014, 11:18

    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.

  • PERC

    PERC capacity hits 2.5GW and offers new technology buy cycle option

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 14 August 2014, 15:30 | 1

    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.

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  • Photovoltaics International 24th Edition

    Signs earlier in the year of the global industry entering a growth phase have now been confirmed beyond any doubt. Almost all the big-name suppliers have now announced some form of manufacturing capacity expansion, a trend that analysts agree will only gather pace as long as the levels of demand predicted over the next few years turn out to be correct.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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