Multiple Indian ‘Gigafactories’ expected by 2019

At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).

India drops financial package for domestic PV manufacturers

Plans for a major financial package to support India’s domestic PV manufacturers have been cancelled by the Indian government in order to be reshaped for the current state of the industry, according to a source close to the issue.

PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcement plans and analysis for Q1 2017

Although capacity expansion announcements in January remained subdued and followed the low level of activity seen in the second half of 2016, February proved to be the third busiest month since 2014 and the strongest February in more than three years. March did not maintain that momentum but still posted strong figures, the second highest March figures in more than three years.

Dieter Manz to step aside as CEO

Dieter Manz, the founder and CEO of tool maker Manz, will step aside taking a role on the company’s supervisory board.

Innovation for optical, electrical and economic improvement of thin-film PV technology

Innovation in the field of thin-film cells, in addition to economy of scale and the manufacturing learning curve, is an important element in keeping the price of this technology competitive. Most papers on these cells focus on their technology; however, the economic potential of the technology is also important. Of even greater significance, a realistic estimation of the potential, along with the associated costs, of advanced technology, is part of the equation for profitability. Two examples of technology – metallic grids and texturing – are given in this paper; the designs are discussed, and a brief economic analysis is presented for various scenarios of the technologies. Although the profitability of these technologies can be considerable, it is shown that one should be wary of basing decisions purely on potential and on ideal scenarios, and how the cost of a technology can turn a great prospect into a trade-off.

PV manufacturing capacity expansion plans in 2016 exceeded 55GW

In this quarterly report on global PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements we will provide a detailed analysis of 2016. Despite a significant slowdown in new announcements in the second half of the year, 2016 surpassed 2015 by around 16% to exceed a total of 55GW of thin-film, dedicated solar cell and module assembly and integrated PV expansion plans.

Apple commits to 100% renewable energy

Tech conglomerate Apple has committed to go 100% renewable with its international operations as part of joining the global renewable energy initiative RE100.

SNEC 2016: A solar industry in three parts?

Solar Intelligence analyst Finlay Colville reports back from SNEC in Shanghai, which finished yesterday. In the first installment of a two-part blog, he draws on his extensive knowledge and analysis of the global PV market to put his findings into the context of wider trends.