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Magazine Archive 02-2018

Chipping away at coal

Monocrystalline growth: At last month’s World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, pv magazine interviewed Max Xia, Overseas Marketing Vice President at LONGi Solar Technology Co., Ltd., the global leader in the production of monocrystalline ingots, wafers, cells, and modules. Even after mono’s success story in the past two years, Xia sees tremendous growth ahead, so much so that he envisions solar PV challenging coal’s dominance in his home country China in as little as five years’ time.

Refreshing restraint

Many minds far sharper than my own have revelled at the opportunity to deconstruct U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions, words, and demeanor at every turn this past year. His capacity to disappoint is legend. His capacity to positively surprise is, well, a little less explored. And while the Trump Administration’s pursuit and ultimate imposition of […]

Scaling up MLPE

Module-level power electronics: Technology that many thought of only as a handy way to overcome rooftop shading is now branching out further and more deeply into large-scale solar installations. pv magazine asks SolarEdge Founder and VP of Marketing and Product Strategy Lior Handelsman why the solar industry is now beginning to embrace MLPE at scale, and what the benefits and implications can be for system owners.

Made in Germany

PV equipment supply: While the bulk of the world’s solar module manufacturing is now located in China, supply of production tools has remained largely the remit of European, and particularly German, engineering companies. pv magazine investigates whether this dominance can continue as China’s equipment providers begin to step up their game.

An arm and a leg

Robotics in PV: The momentum of China’s solar growth appears unstoppable, driving the hunger for faster, qualitative automated solutions for the domestic PV manufacturing industry. Thus, most new solar manufacturing facilities or production upgrades are equipped with nearly fully automated lines.

Adapt and integrate

Mounting and BIPV: Solar mounting systems are being used in new and unusual ways for building-integrated photovoltaic projects, ranging from rooftop to wall and to awning installations. As the market slowly moves from select government buildings, educational campuses and corporate flagships to the mainstream commercial segment, the mounting systems required for BIPV will become more standardized, more readily adaptable, and less expensive, manufacturers say.

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