Energy storage picks up steam
The topic of energy storage, including for stationary application, has been widely discussed, particularly after Germany’s renewed resolution to phase out nuclear energy. Karl-Heinz Remmers discusses its future development and importance.
Franky Boy did it
Together with unnamed U.S. companies Frank Asbeck, chairman at Solarworld AG, submitted a “petition” to the U.S. government “against cheap imports from China.” Thus actions now follow his strong words against the “industrial war” of the Chinese solar industry.
Solar fallout in the USA after Solyndra fails
A disturbing possible market development in the USA, which could have substantial ramifications for both the fourth quarter of 2011, and 2012, and which adds to the reports of collapsed or weak markets in Europe, is the failure of Solyndra (and Evergreen). Although the insolvencies were announced several weeks ago, the shockwaves have yet to subside.
"Why is Merkel talking solar down again?"
"Why is Merkel talking solar down solar?" – reads the text of an incredulous SMS that I received last week from an American solar analyst. This SMS was not the only disbelieving reaction to the news last week that, apparently out of the blue, Merkel called solar subsidies into question at a regional conference.
The Q4 solar boom in Germany is cancelled
While several analysts and market researchers still dream about the German solar market in 2011 either matching or even topping the level of the previous year, the market has instead given companies the cold shoulder.
A "difficult delivery" awaits
In his latest blog, publisher Karl-Heinz Remmers talks about what will happen if Germany reaches grid parity conditions in private households in nine months.
Karl-Heinz Remmers tackles the issue of Chinese competition and asks why, if it really is as bad as it seems, has nothing yet been done? Read on and add your thoughts to the discussion, below.
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.