EU PVSEC conference draws crowds despite crisis

The 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition kicked off on Monday in Paris. The scientific program has remained largely unaffected by the current crisis. The halls open on Tuesday for exhibitors.

EU journal spotlights trade case

The EC has published details on the negotiated minimum import price it approved on Friday that settled the trade dispute over Chinese modules and cells, but several questions remain unanswered.

Germany: EnBW believes grid expansion can be partially avoided

Plant and grid operators start a progressive pilot project for better grid integration. This was presented at the “PV System Technology Forum” in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Germany: Altmaier still for storage incentives

Germany’s Federal Environment Minister is still advocating PV storage incentives from May onwards. However the funding issue remains unresolved. Peter Altmaier also mentioned at the Energy Storage conference in Düsseldorf that he expects more than 4 GW of PV development in Germany this year.

Planned German storage incentive criticized

The Energy Storage conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, began with more than 500 visitors. Project examples show the conditions under which storage systems pay off and make sense.

Photon Publishing takes over insolvent Photon Europe

With retroactive effect as of February 1, the newly established Photon Publishing company has taken over the business operations of Photon Europe. Creditor approval is still pending, however.

PV inverter ranking: Kaco announces 9.5 GW capacity

Kaco New Energy has responded to the latest photovoltaic inverter rankings published in the November edition of pv magazine. The German company says it significantly increased its production capacity in 2011 and can now produce up to 9.5 GW of inverters annually.

EU Pro-Sun: No influence on module prices

After the anti-dumping accusations, EU ProSun has now filed a complaint against alleged unfair subsidies given to Chinese solar manufacturers by the Chinese government. Different opinions arise on the impact this will have on module prices and the PV market.

Quality for Photovoltaics: Calls for module transport improvement

Solarpraxis’ Quality for Photovoltaic systems conference kicked off this morning in Berlin, Germany. On the one hand, discussions have centered around where the industry needs to improve standards, and on the other, where quality claims cost excessive money.

Interview: Cheap PV and quality can go hand in hand

This September, Solarpraxis is organizing a workshop on Quality Assurance. Chief executive, Karl-Heinz Remmers talks to pv magazine about why this topic is still so important for the photovoltaics industry. Even in times of huge cost pressure, there are actions that all those involved can take.

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