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Magazine Archive 05-2017

Copper plating innovation

2017 Technology Highlights award winner: U.S.-based MacDermid Ehthone’s Global Applications Manager Photovoltaics Bruce Lee sets out the Helios PoSi process and its market potential.

Mini grids, mega opportunities

Author: Dustin Zubke Global electrification has reached 85.3%, according to the Global Tracking Framework published at the Sustainable Energy for All forum last month. The report warned that the growth rate of electricity access from 2012 – 2014 was not sufficient to meet the 2030 goal of 100% global electrification. The IEA estimates that by […]

Increasing complexity calls for vision

How can an expected 80 GW be a disappointment? The answer lies in solar’s stellar rise in years past. Leading forecasts for the global solar market are all pointing to 2017 representing 12 months of marginal growth. A good result when considered against some of the doomsday predictions made earlier in the year or in the latter […]

Low tenders, high expectations

With the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) Scaling Solar auctions in Zambia drawing bids as low as $0.0602/kWh last summer, from First Solar and France’s Neoen SAS – on top of expectations that Algeria may soon start tendering 4 GW of capacity – some proponents of PV are salivating at the prospect of ever-lower prices. However, a […]

The listlessness of lists

Author: Paula Mints The annual top 10 list of manufacturers is an annual rite of spring in the solar PV industry, and so it is worth asking what this list tells us and whether or not it is still useful. On the one hand, the annual top 10 list observed over time offers a view […]

SNEC 2017 show review

A market proving robust in the face of a range of uncertainties, a push to high efficiency, and intense competition right across technology segments, the 2017 SNEC show did not disappoint. Sprawling across the entire week from April  17 – 21, what is now the world’s largest PV conference and trade show again reflected the […]

The return of PURPA

U.S. energy policy: A wonky electric sector law from the 1970s has emerged as the main driver for utility-scale solar in the United States this year. But while PURPA is responsible for booms in many new markets, the future of the policy is far from certain.

Building a solar civilization

Interview: Jeremy Leggett, British social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, tells pv magazine how a solar civilazation can be an effective buck-stop against the populist forces that seek to undermine and discredit the transformative power of renewable technologies It is solar, in all its forms, that is bringing the fight against malign forces, he says.

The future of European energy

The winter package proposed by the European Commission is exactly what EU supporters have always asked of Brussels: a clear and comprehensive vision that conceives of the European Union as a whole, and not a patchwork of quarrelsome states with diverging interests. How much solar and wind will be installed in the next decade, however, […]

Growing renewables globally

pv magazine: On the BayWa AG level, one of the highlights in the 2016 financial results was the performance of the renewable energy business. To what do you attribute that success? Matthias Taft: The renewable energy business has become very important for us in recent years. I am happy to say that the energy division overall […]

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