From the Mag: pv magazine global May issue is now online

This month, pv magazine presents the hottest innovations in PV manufacturing that will be showcased at SNEC 2016. Subscribe to find out who are the 3 winners and 5 finalists of the Technology Highlights award.

The spotlight of the May issue is the in-depth analysis of the emerging energy storage market by Headwall Power International’s Brad Meikle. It is now available for our subscribers in the archive section.

Non-subscribers can check out the following three articles from the magazine.

A patchwork of opportunities

This month, Anna Favero delivers a comprehensive overview of Southeast Asian solar market.

Analyzing the vast potential for solar development in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore, the author concludes that despite the short-sighted policy outlook, the current changes in many ASEAN economies are leading in the renewable direction.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) shares the common target of its member states to achieve 30% of installed renewable energy capacity by 2020. With most areas of the region being highly vulnerable to climate change, Southeast Asia’s governments are aware of the challenge they are facing today: a need to drive down emissions and increase energy production.

Solar power takes to the seas

Beware, another article that our non-subscribers can enjoy for free this month might make you want to go on holiday straight away. Charles W. Thurston reviews the global potential of waterborne solar transportation market.

Enjoy the descriptions of fascinating solar-powered boats and find out why this segment of the solar transportation market is expected to grow from $2.3 billion a few years ago to $7.6 billion by 2024.

Though small solar systems on recreational boats have been in use for many years, today, much larger vessels are being outfitted with solar and storage to provide emergency power, meet dockside exhaust requirements and extend operations already underway.

Equipped with challenges

Götz Fischbeck of Smart Solar Consulting analyzes the challenges faced by German PV production equipment suppliers today.

German suppliers have been able to maintain a global market share of over 50% ever since solar has grown from a niche market to a multi-billion dollar global industry. Where do they go from here?

According to Götz Fischbeck, a significant challenge that many German companies are facing today can be summarized in one single graph: the dramatic quarterly changes in order intake. More difficulties arise from the ongoing competition with the Asian manufacturers.

However, if the companies manage to weather the storm, new opportunities may await.

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