PV-Tech Newscast - January 27th 2012

As 2012 has got underway, we're getting more and more reports on how the industry performed throughout 2011. And it looks like the CIGS thin-film industry performed particularly well last year - well enough for this sector to be considered a potential major market to 2015, according to Lux Research. Polysilicon prices continue to drop, which will have an adverse effect on already struggling companies' balance sheets, and we take a closer look at the Top 10 cell manufacturers for 2011. This week's Newscast also looks at the MENA region as an up-and-coming place of interest for solar, while Haiti plans to boost its long-suffering population with a dose of PV. Companies: Avancis, GCL Solar, Gintech, GTM Research, Hemlock Semiconductor, Lux Research, Miasolé, Motech, Neo Solar Power, NPD Solarbuzz, Nuvosun, OCI, REC, Solar Frontier, Solibro, Stion, Tokuyama, Trina Solar, Wacker,


  • 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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