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Magazine Archive 04-2014

Bright spots in cell testing

Solar cell inspection: The move away from manual solar cell testing by China’s PV manufacturers and the trend in high efficiency cell technologies is generating demand for automated and advanced cell-testing tools.

The greatest thing since sliced bread?

Wafer production: “Kerfless wafers” promise low cost by simplifying production and eliminating wastage, but how ready is the technology for today’s PV industry?

Clipped wings?

Turkey: With the country’s solar potential continuing to excite international players, pv magazine asks whether the PV market has enough lift to avoid the political turbulence that is growing in the country.

The importance of energy security

Mercom Capital global forecast: The demand outlook for the solar industry remains strong for 2014, bolstered by the recent announcement from China of an aggressive 14 GW installation goal, says Raj Prabhu, CEO and cofounder of Mercom Capital Group. Mercom’s revised global solar installation forecast is approximately 46 GW.

Cuba keen to exploit its sunny appeal

Cuba: As part of a drive to produce 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, Cuba’s government aims to attract $3 billion of foreign capital. Meanwhile, the forthcoming reform of the country’s foreign investment act could cut much of the current red tape. Finally, although Cuba’s renewable energy legislation has already been more than a year in the making and still lacks specific targets for the various technologies, everything indicates that it will prioritize distributed generation.

Waiting for the spark

Middle East: In a region where the world’s tallest building towers over terrain of primordial, pristine desert, progress can be both swift and snail-paced. Solar PV has the potential to knit together an area that still pulls in many different directions, but from where, asks pv magazine, will that first spark come?

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: More bad news for solar in Australia. Japan, Slovenia and the United Kingdom stay the course with only minor adjustments. And Minnesota kicks off its Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.

Healthy outlooks

Ardour Solar Index: Strong 2014 outlooks drive the index to three year highs. China confirms its push for 14 GW in 2014.

Incentives on the horizon

Panama: The Central American country is preparing to launch public tenders after it passed its first law promoting solar energy last year. Although the remuneration has yet to be specified, over 200 MWp have already received provisional authorization.

Japan: A maturing market

PV Expo Tokyo: It is all systems go for Japan’s PV market, which is rapidly maturing and heading even further downstream, according to the wide range of exhibitors and visitors to whom pv magazine spoke at this year’s show.

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