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Magazine Archive 01-2014

New tasks

Inverters: Can photovoltaic installations replace large power plants? Researchers from the Fraunhofer IWES are developing future requirements for inverters and systems in power-converter-dominated networks.

On to the next round

Module prices: After the game is before the game. The year 2013 in review.

“Generating income locally”

Interview: Offering customized systems for commercial off-grid stand-alone applications, thereby generating income locally: Phaesun CEO Tobias Zwirner tells pv magazine that this is a main focus for the medium-sized wholesaler and systems integrator, which is based in the Bavarian town of Memmingen.

PV modules on the flow

Fluid dynamics: Fraunhofer CSP researchers Ulli Zeller, Matthias Pander, Sascha Dietrich, Martin Sander and Matthias Ebert explain how state-of-the-art simulation software has enabled more accurate and cost-effective testing for photovoltaic components, creating near real-life conditions that aid faster development cycles.

“PV can play a crucial role”

Eastern Africa: Tobias Cossen, project manager for the Renewable Energy Project Development Program for Sub-Saharan Africa at the state-owned German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ), discusses the state of solar in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Kenya.

Regulations in recycling

PV recycling: Updated to include PV modules, the new European Community directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) comes into effect in February. pv magazine investigates how the EU’s PV industry is preparing for the change.

A demanding market

Off-grid solar: At the off-grid PV workshop of the Forum Solarpraxis conference in Berlin, experts discussed the opportunities, obstacles and trends of the market.

Shift in financing models

Southeast Asia: While regulatory support is being wound back as solar PV approaches grid parity, new business models and financing approaches are emerging. Ragna Schmidt-Haupt and Elena Baši? of the renewables advisory team of global consultancy DNV GL (formerly GL Garrad Hassan) explore the new models and the associated bankability challenges for solar in southeast Asia.

An exciting new year

Dear readers, The new year promises exciting times – with many opportunities! This definitely applies to the photovoltaic industry for 2014, because in many parts of the world energy and environmental policies are in upheaval. In Europe last year we saw widespread cuts in the feed-in remuneration and solar subsidies, allied to shrinking markets (see […]

Steady growth in China and the USA

Global solar forecast: Market conditions are as stable as they can be in the historically volatile solar industry, says Raj Prabhu, CEO and co-founder of Mercom Capital Group, who forecasts global solar installations of 43 GW this year.

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