Opinion & analysis

02 September 2016 | Jessica Jin | Comment now

PERC and N-type technologies to greatly reduce market share of traditional Al-BSF cells by 2020

There will be major implications for the supply-chain, writes Jessica Jin, senior analyst, IHS Markit.

17 November 2015 | Ray Wills, Future Smart Strategies | Comment now

Why the IEA is consistently wrong on renewables

Last week’s IEA World Energy Outlook forecast modest renewable uptake globally in a number of scenarios. In its most optimistic outlook for solar and wind, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects total deployment growth essentially of 0% through 2040, and 20 to 40% decreases in pessimistic scenarios. Future Smart Strategies’ Ray Wills has long been critical of the agency’s renewable modeling. Here, he sets out why he believes the group has got it wrong again.

18 August 2015 | Clive Rolison, Complete Renewables | Comment now

The race to produce a viable mass market solar battery is on

If Deutsche Bank is correct in estimating that the solar energy market will be worth $5 trillion by 2030, then the first company to produce a viable solar battery will have an incredibly valuable piece of IP on their hands. We have Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and a number of startups all throwing their hats into the ring. But who will be victorious, and why? Clive Rolison, founder of Complete Renewables analyses the market.

13 July 2015 | Thomas Hillig, THEnergy | Comment now

Shrinking cultural clash between solar and mining

Thomas Hillig from THEnergy, discusses the growing trend for the deployment of renewables, specifically solar PV, next to mines. In response to issues, like lifetime differences between a solar plant and a mine, bespoke solutions are being created. However, while there is a positive business case for combining the two industries, barriers in the mining industry exist, which must be overcome if the positive trend is to continue.

26 June 2015 | Nigel Morris | Comment now

We're back!

With the Australian Parliament having finally passed its reduction of the country's Renewable Energy Target, Solar Business Service's Nigel Morris declares: "We're back"

17 June 2015 | Tobias Engelmeier | 2 comments

The state of distributed solar in India

Rooftop PV in India holds enormous promise, writes Bridge to India's founder and director, Tobias Engelmeier. Yet, as of May 2015, there is only a cumulative installed capacity of around 400 MW. He discusses the state of the market, listing the current business models used, market innovation and policies.

26 May 2015 | Shahan Ahmed | Comment now

Closing the gap between how rural off grid and on grid users use electricity

The focus on providing electricity to rural homes around the globe has grown tremendously, but many barriers still remain, including access to financing, subsidization, and available technology that is both effective and also affordable for low income homes.

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