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13 April 2015 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | Comment now

Trade barriers must go

The trade row between the European Union and China over photovoltaics has entered a new round. Follow-on regulations for the high-profile issue of minimum price agreements for modules, cells and wafers have to be decided by December 7, 2015, at the latest. Concurrently, customs duties for polysilicon and soldering pastes are also due for revision. These affect exports to China from companies like Wacker Chemicals and Heraeus.

27 October 2014 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | One comment

Lost in the desert

Karl-Heinz Remmers examines the magnificent failure of the Desertec Industrial Initiative and makes the case that arrogance, stupidity and the inability to grasp the concept of decentralized energy led to the fiasco.

12 August 2014 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | Comment now

The future of SMA: An analysis

Karl-Heinz Remmers examines leading German inverter manufacturer SMA and its global prospects amidst plunging inverter prices and growing competition.

05 August 2014 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | One comment

A call to action: The need for a global solar alliance

Karl-Heinz Remmers makes the case for a powerful global solar alliance to meet ambitious goals, represent common interests, solve international conflicts and act as a bulwark against dominant rival industries and political foes.

28 January 2014 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | Comment now

Europe's X-GW plant vs Germany's proposed renewable energy act reform

Karl-Heinz Remmers examines the dichotomy of France's vision of a grand Franco-German PV alliance and the German government's proposed revamp of the country's Renewable Energy Act.

09 January 2014 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | Comment now

30 GW of production capacity in the EU in 2025

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and that 2014 has started well for you. I’d like to take this opportunity to once again wish all our readers a happy new year!

05 November 2012 | Karl-Heinz Remmers | Comment now

Forum Solarpraxis shows the way to a solar future

Without a doubt, 2012 has been one of the most difficult years for the solar industry in a long time. On one hand, many new markets are opening up due to massively sinking prices for solar energy worldwide. On the other, the high pace of market change has seen bankruptcies and economic problems. The years 2013 and 2014 will likely be characterized by expansion, change and, indeed, collapse. Yet the further development of solar technology is inexorable.

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The publisher

Karl-Heinz Remmers

Karl-Heinz Remmers has been active in the solar industry for around 20 years. In 1998, he established the Berlin-based Solarpraxis AG. In addition to setting up conference and engineering departments, he launched pv magazine (international), the German-lanuage pv magazine Deutschland, pv magazine China (Chinese) and pv magzine Latin America (Spanish). Furthermore, he has authored and co-authored numerous books dealing with the topics of photovoltaics and solar thermal.