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R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2012

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By Mark Osborne, Senior News Editor, Photovoltaics International

R&D expenditure by major PV module manufacturers has not been immune to the PV industry’s period of profitless prosperity. However, spending in 2012 was not affected to the extent that many would have expected, with a number of companies increasing their R&D activities and boosting staffing levels to meet R&D roadmap requirements. This paper discusses the current trends in R&D spending and staffing levels, highlighting both leaders and laggards.

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