PV-Tech Newscast – January 13, 2012

Kicking the 2012 Newscasts off in style, our first of the year is a mixed bag of the good and the bad. We've got news of SolarWorld's taking of its anti-dumping woes to Europe, and reports from China indicate that tier 2 module suppliers are struggling to make it to the next Chinese New Year. That's the 'bad' -- the 'good' is the reports of Germany's surprise installation figures for 2011, and we also investigate what's going to happen to the country's tariff arrangement as a result. In other news, Dubai's plans for a 1GW solar park have shaken the industry up, while Pike Research's reports on the microgrid market reveal why it's one to watch this year. Companies: Bill Gates Foundation, Clinton Climate Initiative, Handelsblatt, IHS iSuppli, IMS Research, Pike Research, SolarWorld, US Agency for International Development, US Commerce Department, US International Trade Commission


  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • 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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