Editors’ Blog

Editors' Blog, Features
July 23, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Reports from the Euroscience Open Forum in Barcelona have once again focused on the potential of the Sahara desert region to produce ALL the electrical energy needs of Europe if a mass concentration of solar technology was to be established there.
Editors' Blog, Features
June 23, 2008
By Mark Osborne
2007 was not the best of years for Japanese PV manufacturers like Sharp. Capacity ramps halted and government subsidies, previously withdrawn, saw the market shrink in what had been the strongest region in the world for PV.
Editors' Blog, Features
June 20, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Martin Roscheisen’s infrequent but welcomed blog over at Nanosolar’s website has posted an interesting video, showing the company’s proprietary nanoparticle ink dispensing tool that the company claims was running at a 100 feet-per-minute speed.
Editors' Blog, Features
June 13, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
As day one of the three-day Intersolar 2008 event in Munich drew to aclose, there were a lot of tired but happy faces meandering through thehalls. Tired, because of the sheer enormity of the Messe München meansthat you need sturdy, forgiving footwear to visit all seven halls, buthappy because some of the exhibits on display here really areimpressive.
Editors' Blog, Features
June 11, 2008
By Mark Osborne
The 4th annual PV Industry Forum, forms the opening salvo of this years Intersolar conference and exhibition in Munich. Bringing together the great and the good of the PV industry, it gives the B2B big wigs a chance to mingle and “learn” before the main event starts on Thursday with the Intersolar Trade Fair.
Editors' Blog, Features
May 27, 2008
By Mark Osborne
The news that Q-Cells, the largest PV manufacturer in the world in 2007, will break ground on a major manufacturing complex in Mexicali, Mexico in 4Q08, marks several potential milestones for the emerging thin-film PV market.
Editors' Blog, Features
May 8, 2008
By David Owen
It is a tale of two strategies when dealing with the U.S. solarmarkets, be they consumer or business markets. Both Akeena Solar andFirst Solar have announced their first quarter financial resultsrecently. The scale of each company is worlds apart and theirapproaches to a growing market segment are at polar opposites, and itshows. These two companies cannot be directly compared; using these twocompanies is purely to highlight a growing trend among many solarcompanies of focussing on certain end-user segments of the solar market.
Editors' Blog, Features
March 28, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Silicon solar cell producers should forget about the polysilicon shortages, while thin-film companies need not worry about silane supplies. Not because constrained supply issues are expected to ease and material costs to finally lower over the next two years, but because a potentially bigger concern is looming!
Editors' Blog, Features
March 14, 2008
By David Owen
At the PV Fab Managers’ Forum in Dresden this week, IBM outlined its plans for partnering with the PV manufacturing industry to improve technology and manufacturing processes. Rainer Klaus Krause, IBM’s ISC Innovation Champion, presented to a high level audience of Fab managers and solar manufacturing executives the strategy to partner with manufacturers and technology providers to help the industry achieve price parity more quickly.
Editors' Blog, Features
February 13, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Excellent observations from Jo Ann McDonald over at Compound Semiconductor Magazine and interestingly a former Director of Corporate Communications at Emcore notes that the intended IPO of its CPV business division may be happening too fast for the company.

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