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  • Big six capex spend

    Manufacturing capex from Silicon Module Super League to exceed US$1 billion in 2015

    Editors' Blog | By Finlay Colville - 30 September 2015, 12:11

    Capital expenditure in the PV industry used to be a simple metric to track. A new manufacturing facility meant new capex, it was that easy.

  • Paris

    COP21 is solar’s big chance to show what it can offer

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 30 September 2015, 08:02

    Solar has an opportunity to be a focal point of December’s crucial climate talks in Paris, but the industry must become better at making itself heard, writes Ben Willis.

  • Neeon's Cestas plant from above

    Europe’s largest solar park: Squeezing out maximum energy from the minimum land space

    Editors' Blog | By Tom Kenning - 29 September 2015, 14:43 | 1

    PV Tech visited Europe’s largest solar park, a 300MW project developed by France-based PV developer Neoen, located in Cestas, France in order to take a closer look at the intricacies of such a massive project:

  • Plotting SunPower’s need for gigawatts of new production capacity

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 29 September 2015, 11:08

    SunPower is planning gigawatts of PV projects over the coming years, but has yet to make public its plans for a new wave of manufacturing capacity expansions. Mark Osborne explores what options may be open to the US company in the race to remain competitive.


    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.

  • Brazil PV

    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.

  • PV Tech

    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.


  • 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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