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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The end is always a beginning
At the start of the vacation period and after the conclusion of the current amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act, the mood in the German photovoltaics industry is more mixed than ever. For many it was "lights out", while others barely manage to meet the altogether still very high demand.
Germany’s CDU party attempts to break resistance at state level
More or less behind the scenes, a further strange phenomenon involving the pending decision by the Upper House of the German Federal Parliament with regard to the Renewable Energy Act amendment on May 11, 2012, is in the making: The national CDU party is doing everything possible in order to get CDU-governed (or co-governed) federal states to vote against invoking a mediation committee.
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.