David Owen

May 24, 2016
The second day of SNEC 2016 has passed. What follows is a snapshot of some key points from two analysts speaking at the event
May 23, 2016
The first day at SNEC PV Power Expo saw a plethora of opinions from key figures on the state of the solar equipment manufacturing industry.
October 12, 2011
It’s almost one year since the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and rumours are beginning to fly around the UK solar industry as to what the upcoming Comprehensive Consultation on the feed-in tariff (FiT) holds. I decided it was time to investigate what people are actually saying, and to find out how much of what is being said matches the facts around budgets, pricing and deployment.
September 1, 2009
The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) achieved a landslide victory over the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party on Aug. 31. The solar industry is set to benefit from new policies that could see Japan’s domestic solar industry double in 2010 and increase by 680MW P/A to meet an aggressive new 10% target by 2020, according to two Goldman Sachs analysts. On Aug. 19 Bloomberg correspondent Megumi Yamanaka reported on figures from Goldman Sachs concerning what would happen to Japan’s domestic solar market should the DPJ win.
August 17, 2009
A Russian high-tech firm has ordered a 120MW end-to-end Micromorph line from Oerlikon Solar for the production of thin-film solar modules. Nano Solar Technology (NST) is a joint venture between Renova Group and the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano).
May 25, 2009
After a slow start, this year’s PV Industry Forum, the traditional opening conference of Intersolar Week in Munich, finally got going during the last session of the day with a resounding call to action from none other than Q-Cells’ boss, Anton Milner. The conference opened with the usual slides and the usual suspects giving their views of the overall solar market. The obligatory emerging market was given lip service--this time it was India--while the rest of the presentations mostly failed to engage the audience in a meaningful way. Things changed during the afternoon....
May 21, 2009
The organisers of the International Solar Technology Awards today revealed the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Cell Awards. The category nominees for the eight International Solar Technology Award are...
May 11, 2009
2,500 Solar Industry Participants Eligible to Vote for Next Solar Manufacturing Leader. Photovoltaics International, a leading source for technical manufacturing information and news concerning the solar industry, along with the organisers of the International Solar Technology Awards, the Cell Awards, invite the solar industry to vote online for its favourite manufacturing technology.  To vote members of the industry must register online before May 13th and then simply rate entries on a scale of 1-20.  The winners of the Cell Award will be announced at Intersolar Munich on May 28th.
March 2, 2009
The solar manufacturing industry all agrees that thin-film technologies will continue to erode the market share of standard crystalline silicon processing. First Solar uses proprietary methods to create Cadmium Telluride based panels that have recently achieved 10.8% manufactured efficiencies.Stephan Hansen, Managing Director, First Solar GmbH will be discussing how flexibility of manufacturing methods will put CdTe at the top of the thin-film value chain. 
February 27, 2009
Tokyo Electron(TEL), a leading global supplier of semiconductor production equipment has entered into a strategic alliance to exclusively sell and service Oerlikon Solar's thin-film PV equipment and end-to-end production solutions in Asia, Oceania and Japan.Oerlikon will draw upon TEL's significant sales and service network in Asia for FPD and semiconductor equipment. The deal will enable TEL to leverage existing staff, infrastructure and expertise that are being under utilised due to the projected 33% decline in the semiconductor market place this year.

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