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Magazine Archive 03-2011

Shine a light on plastics

ETFE innovation: Ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene films allow PV module manufacturers to deliver a lightweight, high-performance product. Nikhil Bhiwankar, Research Associate at Saint-Gobain Solar, explains the benefits of ETFE.

Small systems, big impact

Off-grid PV in Africa: Phaesun from Memmingen, Germany, a systems integrator specialised in off-grid photovoltaics, has successfully completed many projects in developed and developing countries. A report on Phaesun’s experiences in rural and periurban areas of Eritrea and Tanzania, East Africa.

A Bengali dream

Bangladesh: From barefoot PV to a new dream of bringing solar energy to millions of Bangladeshis: the dreams of one man to bring light to rural dwellers in the South Asian state. The efforts of domestic solar companies to take things further. The country is steadily on a mission to place itself on the global solar map and to bring hope of light to thousands living in remote darkness.

Spot market for PV panels: Cheaper than ever

Module prices: As was to be expected, there was a sharp decline in prices in each of the regions of origin. Spot market prices hit a record low in January.

A solar philanthropist

Solar energy for Haiti: The founder of Biohaus, Willi Ernst, took the money he made from the sale of his company to Centrosolar, and set up a charitable foundation. Its first major project is the development of a solar training center for future roofers, electricians, and sanitary installation specialists in Haiti.

SRECs for all!

CEO interview: Solis Partners MD Jamie Hahn talks to pv magazine about solar renewable energy certificates – their success in the New Jersey marketplace and the areas which still need development. He also discusses incentive schemes, and the company’s competitive strategy.

Big policy push

The U.S. solar market: After two years of investing billions of dollars into solar research and deployment, U.S. President Barack Obama is strategizing ways to gain political support for his goals of boosting solar energy generation and reducing its installation cost to one dollar per watt.

Surprising dynamics

Industry ranking: Whether among raw silicon or wafer manufacturers – the competition is dynamic and some companies are expanding especially fast. Market researchers and analysts provide information about these manufacturers and their strategies.

BIPV to AIPV

SERIS Interview: Under the wing of the National University of Singapore, SERIS (Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore) aims to develop materials, components, processes and systems for photovoltaic electricity generation and energy efficient buildings. Stephen Wittkopf, Cluster Director for Solar and Energy Efficient Buildings, spoke to pv magazine about his vision for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Sustainable installations

Power for remote areas: Phocos AG, a manufacturer of solar-powered charge controllers, components and energy-saving appliances, has always focused on off-grid applications, often in areas with difficult conditions in climate and infrastructure. A report on some of the recent projects.

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