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Magazine Archive 05 – 2022

Flexibility on the line

With an uptick in interest from the building materials industry, manufacturers are preparing to meet demand for new products in the building-integrated PV segment. And with expectations for products to fit a range of sizes, shapes and even colors, production lines will need to be highly flexible in meeting the demands of architects and building owners. pv magazine spoke with several solar equipment suppliers to see how they are adapting tools and processes to serve a growing market.

Gigawatt-level increments

In recent years, Longi has turned its attention to green hydrogen. Li Zhenguo, company founder and CEO, speaks with Vincent Shaw in Shanghai about the strategic shift and how coupling this technology with solar PV will be key to achieving carbon neutrality.

Silver lining

High-efficiency PV cells need more silver, and in a time of war in Europe, the price is heading up. While past reductions in silver consumption have resulted in falling cell production costs, the dawn of n-type requires a new emphasis on spending silver pennies wisely.

‘Throughput has always been the key factor’

The increasing size and sophistication of PV cell and module manufacturing places big requirements on providers of inline flash testing equipment, from ever-expanding throughput expectations to the ability to measure a growing range of solar cell characteristics. pv magazine recently spoke with Stefan Dauwe, director products and projects at German flashing equipment supplier halm, for an update on the state of the art in inline testing.

pv magazine test: March 2022 results

We are pleased to present the latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field in Xi’an, China, with additional analysis from George Touloupas, senior director of technology and quality at CEA.

Diversity, demand blooms, supply crunch looms

A review of the German distributed battery energy storage market reveals healthy demand, a growing portfolio of products, and the ability to readily couple devices within homes and businesses. Cornelia Lichener, from pv magazine Germany, has compiled the “2022 Storage for Home and Small Business” market overview. Consumer demand is high, but component bottlenecks are constraining supply, she reports in the first part of her analysis.

Traffic lights for sustainable finance

The European Union developed its sustainable finance taxonomy to provide investors, companies and policymakers with a classification system for green economic activities. Its goal is to scale up the flow of investment into initiatives that will substantially help the bloc to reach climate neutrality by 2050, reports Beatriz Santos.

Polish PV feels impact of war in Ukraine

It appeared that 2022 would be another impressive year for PV investment in Poland. However, Russian aggression in Ukraine has been a game-changer. Unprecedented price increases, uncertainty in financial markets regarding investment in a “frontline” country, and more serious material and labor availability issues than during the pandemic have conspired to darken the mood. Piotr Mrowiec of Rödl & Partner examines the tools available to investors and contractors developing PV projects in Poland, to ensure that they do not suffer losses on their investments.

Incentives drive adoption

With the emerging energy justice agenda, US policymakers could use incentives to help low- to moderate-income households adopt solar, according to a recent Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report. The report identifies which subsidies are working, which programs had sustained impacts over the years, and the spillover effect that happens when low- to moderate-income households adopt solar without incentives.

On the road with pv magazine

Where we’ve been: BloombergNEF Summit, New York / RE+ Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas

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