From the Mag: A selection of stories from the April issue


The April issue of pv magazine, published this week, places a particular emphasis on new technology trends with a look ahead in anticipation at the forthcoming SNEC exhibition in Shanghai later this month.

Subscribers can read the magazine in its entirety here, but as ever each month pv magazine has published three articles from the issue for the enjoyment of all right here, for free, online.

The first of which this month is an in-depth look at the LatAm region, written by our dedicated LatAm editor, Blanca Diaz Lopez. The article asks: is solar production in LatAm the chicken or the egg?

Some countries such as Chile have taken the approach to raise installation volumes before establishing a dedicated solar production industry, while others, like Argentina, are cautiously hoping to develop their domestic solar production platform prior to there being an established market to serve.

Brazil, on the other hand, has introduced local content requirements to try to facilitate a profitable path between these two approaches. Read on to discover which approach is most likely to bear fruit.

Turkey: glass half full or half empty?

What Turkey would do for an egg, let alone a chicken. The glass half full cliché is appropriate to the Turkish solar market right now, as geopolitics, a burgeoning economy, excellent solar irradiation and cheap technology propel the country’s solar market to new heights.

Or does it? Mired in red tape and bedeviled by bureaucracy, what should be one of the most robust emerging PV markets is stalling seemingly at every turn, with battles being fought on many fronts.

pv magazine’s Ilias Tsagas finds an industry that has fallen way short of its potential, adding a mere 78.29 MW of PV capacity in 2014, but remains optimistic that 2015 will prove pivotal, with new tenders issued for more than 300 MW of PV capacity due shortly.

The hoops of the licensed and unlicensed segments remain difficult to jump through, however, while cautious financers apply the brakes. Can Turkey remove these barriers, reassure investors and secure its energy source for the future? There is a lot riding on solar in Turkey, as you'll find out here.

Third-gen PV

Finally, pv magazine editor-in-chief Jonathan Gifford gives us the lowdown on the Rotrot project. Launched in 2011 to enhance the development of roll-to-roll production of organic tandem cells, the collaboration involving seven participating parties from five different countries has pioneered a third generation of PV, pushing the boundaries of organic PV (OPV) with the creation of a series of attractive KPIs that could transform the industry.

The solution was the development of a low-cost, tandem organic PV stack, with developers achieving a 14-layer tandem ITO-free OPV structure that is easy and affordable to make and boasts impressive conversion efficiencies and durability. Read on to discover more about this exciting solar development.


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