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Magazine Archive 02-2017

Europe’s energy valley?

Solar in Provence: Vice-President of the French giant ENGIE (ex GDF-Suez), Thierry Lepercq, reveals the contents of a major strategic study to pv magazine. If its recommendations are applied concretely, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region of France could become the California of Europe with regard to solar PV.

“The Australian market will be the global number one”

Distributed battery storage: Things are moving quickly Down Under. German battery supplier Senec has joined the list of companies looking to make inroads to the rapidly growing Australian battery storage market and the action is on the residential front. Senec launched its product in Perth, Western Australia, in January. pv magazine was on the spot and spoke to Senec Australia Managing Director Ian Parkinson and head of international development Sven Albersmeier-Braun.

Aussies hot for storage

Distributed storage, Australia: A warm market for batteries is rapidly heating up. The Australian storage market is set to triple in size, on the distributed front alone. For utilities it could be a blessing or a curse.

Last chance for energy companies

Smart homes: Time is running out for energy companies in the connected home market, as tech giants including Amazon and Apple move to secure the lion’s share of this newly developing market. Delta Energy & Environment’s Arthur Jouannic explains.

Climate for technology

Module performance: Over the years researchers at TUEV Rheinland have tested and evaluated thousands of PV modules. Some of the individual tests performed only take a few seconds, while others (e.g. climate chamber related tests) take days or weeks to perform, but all are executed under well-controlled laboratory conditions.

“Increasing interest in HJT”

Heterojunction equipment supply: In December 2016, Germany’s Von Ardenne and China’s Ideal Energy announced a strategic partnership through which the two production equipment suppliers hope to advance their HJT-enabling technolgoies. With Von Ardenne bringing 40 years of sputtering experience to the young Shanghai-based PECVD supplier, the two companies see a mutual benefit in bringing their complementary technologies together. Kristin Lüdemann, VP crystalline PV spoke to pv magazine about the cooperation and the future of HJT.

What comes after PERC?

Upgrade cycles: Having conducted extensive along the PV value chain, and numerous interviews with equipment suppliers and PV manufacturers, Götz Fishbeck, CEO at Smart Solar Consulting, shares his conclusions regarding the future investment in novel cell technologies, and the outlook for additions of cell capacities.

A new era for US solar

PV landscape: It is a new era for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and the United States. Fresh on the heels of the election of climate denier Donald Trump, who disparages solar and wants to bring back the coal industry, SEIA has appointed Abigail Ross Hopper as its president and CEO, to fill the power vacuum left by the departure of long-time CEO Rhone Resch. A few weeks after the appointment was made official pv magazine caught up with Hopper, to test the waters regarding her priorities at SEIA and her thoughts about the U.S. solar industry and policy under the new presidential administration.

Bows to the string

Inverter design: It is taken as a given that developers of large-scale solar applications are increasingly at ease with using string inverters for their projects. But what has facilitated this evolution in the string inverter component, and what tangible benefits do string at scale actually offer?

Arctech Solar on track

Interview: As part of its continuing series of Solar CEO interviews, pv magazine recently caught up with Arctech Solar CEO Guy Rong to discuss the stunning growth of the tracker maker, based in Kunshan, Jiang Su Province, having expanded into Shanghai, New Delhi, Tokyo, Saramento and Madrid, China.

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