Magazine Archive 04-2012

Mexico’s market advances segment by segment

Mexico: PV manufacturers are acknowledging the advantages of Mexico as a manufacturing location. However will a domestic PV market follow suit? pv magazine heads “south of the border” to find out.

New arrivals transforming the market

PV inverter market: Inverter shipments reached an almost unbelievable 26 GW in 2011, according to preliminary results from IMS Research’s Quarterly PV Inverter Tracker which collects sales and shipment data from 45 major manufacturers. IMS Research’s Ash Sharma looks at what 2012 has in store and which new arrivals are worth keeping an eye on in the near future.

A solar-panel glass ceiling?

Women in PV: It’s often said about the PV industry that it’s one where business is done differently. In terms of its people this could be more of a case of what it isn’t, rather than what it is. PV in fact can be seen as pushing against the following energy industry stereotype: that its people are largely white and most definitely male. But does this mean that PV is an industry where women are automatically a part of the workforce? pv magazine investigates.

New installations

India market update: The last quarter of 2011, according to India Solar Compass, saw an additional 93 megawatts of PV installations in India. Bridge to India’s Mohit Anand provides an update on the status of installations there.

Among the best

PV+Test: IBC Solar has now subjected its products to the challenges of the testing program of TÜV Rheinland and Solarpraxis. The 240 watt monocrystalline module performed very well in the TÜV chambers.

Out of the shadows

Concentrated photovoltaics: CPV is not a new technology, but it is beginning to have its place in the sun as a bankable form of solar power generation. In the MENA region and places with higher direct irradiation it is growing and companies are beginning to fill the CPV supply niche. But are there sufficient advantages for CPV to emerge, out of the shadows?

Caught in the crosshairs

Global market overview: 2011 was a year of extremes for the PV industry: record installations; a dramatic fall in module prices; and a plethora of companies closing their doors. According to Mercom Capital Group’s Raj Prabhu, 2012 will remain challenging, with the industry having been firmly caught in the cross hairs of Europe’s economic crisis. Continued oversupply and less installed capacity are also to be expected.

Out of the shadows

Concentrated photovoltaics: CPV is not a new technology, but it is beginning to have its place in the sun as a bankable form of solar power generation. In the MENA region and places with higher direct irradiation it is growing and companies are beginning to fill the CPV supply niche. But are there sufficient advantages for CPV to emerge, out of the shadows?

End of the free-fall

Module prices: A strong fourth quarter in 2011 and unusually high demand in early 2012 have put an end to the free-fall in module prices, for now.

Out of the shadows

Concentrated photovoltaics: CPV is not a new technology, but it is beginning to have its place in the sun as a bankable form of solar power generation. In the MENA region and places with higher direct irradiation it is growing and companies are beginning to fill the CPV supply niche. But are there sufficient advantages for CPV to emerge, out of the shadows?

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