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Magazine Archive 06-2012

Switch from p to n

PV technology: A lot of research is being conducted on n-type silicon-based photovoltaic technologies. The results look promising and it might take a large slice of the market pie in the years to come.

Gigawatt dreams

Indian market update: After over two years of policy deliberations and growing pains, India is finally seeing solar installations in meaningful numbers. However, financing is proving to be a big problem on the back of low bids. Quality issues are also being raised. Raj Prabhu, Managing Partner of Mercom Capital Group provides an update.

Tempe, we have a problem

First Solar: In a ruthlessly competitive market, quality is paramount. As thin film giant First Solar embarks on a program of radical restructuring and with new CEO James Hughes at the helm, the last thing it needs is its product underperforming in the field. But that is exactly what the U.S. company had to face throughout 2011, with the issue continuing to impact the company’s balance sheet in 2012 also. Is the issue resolved? pv magazine investigates.

Global feed-in tariff overview

FITs: Japan has taken a bold leap into a renewable future. Ontario enacted cuts to its generous feed-in tariff scheme, but offset these with an easing of its infamous bureaucracy. In addition, three U.S. states have also introduced support schemes.

The CMOS moment in solar

Applied Materials in China: At the Applied Materials 2012 Solar Innovation Summit in Xi’an, China, the manufacturer of equipment for the semiconductor and solar PV industries discussed its business strategy as well as the dynamics of the Chinese photovoltaics industry.

Hoping for grid parity

Spain: While Spain continues to suffer from the financial crisis, revival of government PV subsidies is farther away than ever before. However, solar PV technology now has the chance to prove itself on the free market.

The Indian case

Indian manufacturing: The rise of the Asian solar cell and panel producers could not have happened without the aid of European solar equipment suppliers. All these companies have enjoyed huge sales and orders as Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese and of late Malaysian and Indian companies have added – and continue to add – massive capacities.

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