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Magazine Archive 02-2014

Panasonic’s smart green city

Smart city: On one of its former factory sites southwest of Toyko, Panasonic is taking the lead in a project to build a smart and sustainable city. The Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is designed to be home for approximately 34,000 people in a community equipped with integrated information and energy technologies. The aim is to deliver a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions and provide natural disaster resilience, with PV, lithium-ion batteries and smart home energy management systems at its core.

Policy review

Japan: The Basic Policy Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has compiled and released a draft of a new energy policy. Reflecting these “Opinions on the new Basic Energy Plan”, the government plans to approve a new “Basic Energy Plan” in a Cabinet meeting. A report by Izumi Kaizuka of RTS Corporation.

“Product quality is crucial”

Interview: What are the most important aspects of risk assessment? How are economic and political changes impacting bankability checks? pv magazine spoke with Matthias Jäger, Head of Risk Advisory & Services, Allianz Climate Solutions GmbH in Berlin.

Polysilicon profits as demand returns

Polysilicon: Jade Jones, Solar Analyst at GTM Research, looks ahead to what the year 2014 may bring for the polysilicon industry, in terms of both pricing and the sector’s wider outlook.

Bright new dawn for UK solar

UK: As new figures reveal that half a million FIT-driven solar schemes are now installed in the UK, encouraging news is emerging that suggests Britons’ appetite for solar in 2014 – from rooftop installed through to government incentivized – promises to be stronger than ever.

PV EXPO Tokyo 2014 preview

PV EXPO 2014: In what promises to be the largest-scale show since its launch in 2008, this year’s PV EXPO & PV System EXPO in Tokyo will place key focus on Japanese business prospects and the country’s relationship with international markets.

Cell-by-cell inspection of MW power plants

Thermography: Many power losses and failure risks in megawatt power plants continue to be undetected, despite modern monitoring systems and professional operations management. Thomas Reich and Bernhard Weinreich of Solarschmiede GmbH explain how adjusted thermography is able to prevent these losses and residual risks at reasonable costs.


Module prices: Prices have hardly changed over the turn of the year. Will there still be a solar winter and, if so, how long will it last?

Champions League

Dear readers, Can Japan hold on to second place in the global photovoltaics Champions League this year? There is plenty that suggests so: Analysts expect, much like 2013, a PV expansion of around 7 GW for 2014. Nevertheless, it will be fascinating to monitor how things pan out for PV in the Land of the […]

Solar tracker controls boost performance

Solar trackers: Robust PV control systems have become critical for managing multiple inverters, for meeting the demands of the grid operator, and for eking out increments to performance.

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