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Magazine Archive 03-2010

Highly dynamic

Market overview inverters: Our inverter overview covers over 550 models. Over the next pages, you will find 330 models with their technical data. A complete list is available for our subscribers on demand. At first glance, the technical advancements could appear to be quite small. Nonetheless, taken as a whole, they are substantial.

On the lookout

Turkey: Due to great insolation and the country’s proximity to Arab countries, Turkey offers interesting perspectives for the solar sector. Companies are lined up and ready to enter the market. The only thing missing is an attractive price for solar power.

Photovoltaic glitter

Microcells: Scientists at the U.S. Sandia National Laboratories have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. These micron-sized cells hold the potential for a variety of new PV applications. Sandia labs expect that the technology could be ready for commercial production in three to five years.

Power from the people

United Kingdom: The first British feed-in law, to be implemented as of April 2010, is aimed at the small photovoltaic installations of private households.

Pretty and efficient

Concentrating PV: As the photovoltaics market gets more competitive, new systems that combine solar electricity generation with solar hot water and heating could help reduce cost payback periods. The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology is developing a concentrating PV technology integrated into a glass facade, which also hopes to gain a competitive edge with its “gem-like” design.

Sharp drops

Ardour solar index: The selling pressure continues, due to mixed fourth quarter results in 2009 and concerns for the second half of 2010.

Sound business environment

Greece: To the relief of many of those involved, the Greek photovoltaics market finally picked up speed in the second half of last year. But the European Commission has now put the Greek budget under strict control, and this financially weakened country, which now has to cut its new borrowings by 75 percent by 2012. Nonetheless, there is hardly anyone who expects the financial crisis to have a negative effect on the Greek solar industry.