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Magazine Archive 02-2015

Fiddling while Rome burns

European R&D: Criticized for toiling away in labs while the PV industry lies gravely injured, Europe’s R&D sector hopes a series of pan-continental projects can help wrest control of solar’s global future. pv magazine visited the INES research center in France to see how the community is regrouping and collaborating as it prepares to survive Europe’s solar winter.

Withstanding typhoons, earthquakes and volcanos

Mounting systems: When installing ground mounted solar systems in Japan, developers must face a set of challenges almost unique to the country, including tough terrain, adverse weather and a demand for only the very highest standards.

Frontier mentality

Japan: coming through the module glut unscathed is no mean feat for a thin film manufacturer, but Solar Frontier has long turned expectation on its head. 2014 saw the firm travel along its own path in how it develops projects, moves its CIGS technology forward, releases differentiated products, and looks to the international market.

Further price reductions

Module prices: A weak Q4 has once again led to a drop in module prices in Europe. Trina Solar and Yingli currently dominate the market.

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: A number of changes have taken place to feed-in-tariff schemes on both sides of the Atlantic.

Happy prosumers

Grid parity monitor: Solar PV self-consumption is an attractive alternative for residential consumers in major markets. Most European countries have reached grid parity in the solar energy self-consumption market, explains María Jesús Báez, Associate at eclareon, which merged its business with Creara last year to form Creara Energy Experts.

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