Magazine Archive 04-2017

Still big in Japan

PV Expo Japan: This year’s flagship solar exhibition for the Japanese market held few surprises. Indeed, the event continued a reassuring trend of sensible solar policy and sober industry response, marked by Japan’s gradual shift towards decentralized energy and self-consumption, and a healthy dose of large-scale realism.

Higher efficiencies with bifacial cells

Interview: Chinese company Jolywood made its name in the solar backsheet industry but has recently taken large strides into high-efficiency cell production. Jolywood’s SVP and general manager of its high-efficiency cell division Liu Yong recently discussed the company’s technological goals and strategic aims with pv magazine at the PV Expo in Tokyo.

Much still to do

Indian solar market: Another year of record-breaking solar PV installations is in store for India, but this year’s projected 10 GW growth is still short of the pace required to meet its 2022 goal, writes Raj Prabhu, CEO and co-founder of Mercom Capital Group.

A true war machine: Agfa’s UNIQOAT backsheet comes to SNEC

Interview: In this interview with pv magazine, Agfa head of business unit functional foils – specialty products Cesar Campos talks about his company’s new UNIQOAT mono-layer PET backsheet line, which will be unveiled at the SNEC trade show in Shanghai, as well as competition between PET and fluoropolymers in the backsheet market.

Going beyond 100 GW

Interview: Rajneesh Khattar is UBM’s India Group Director and organizer of the Renewable Energy India Expo. With India’s solar market poised to become the world’s third-largest in 2017, he discussed with pv magazine the unique combination of government policy and public support that is driving this growth.

When consolidation comes

Inverter strategies: Data from GTM Research late in 2016 found that the ten largest inverter suppliers cornered 80% of the market last year, marking the greatest level of consolidation since 2010. Faced with this trend, what survival and growth strategies remain viable for those inverter suppliers that do not currently occupy a top-ten position?

A record breaking year for solar

At one point, it looked as though 2016 would be an abysmal year for solar Down Under, but in many respects, it was a total record breaker. These charts, provided to pv magazine by Australian solar consultants Sunwiz will demonstrate a few of the highlights.

Next junction: innovation

Junction boxes: The seemingly low-tech functionality of the humble junction box belies a piece of kit performing a vital role in maintaining solar’s exemplary safety records. But how do junction box suppliers stay ahead of the game in an industry where new technologies, higher voltages and tighter margins are always around the corner?

Policy Gridlock

Kenya’s PV market: Hopes for greater utility-scale solar development in Kenya have risen steadily over the past two years. But build-out remains negligible, with the International Renewable Energy Agency estimating the country’s cumulative installed capacity at a paltry 24 MW by the end of 2015.

Managing project risk in China

Financial risk: Poor project performance for solar plants in China is the result of a number of factors, but the bottom line is – it increases investment risk. Dirk Kayser, who serves as financial supervisor for Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin’s China operations, explores how government and the private sector are tackling these challenges.

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