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Magazine Archive 06-2014

Monitoring and data logging services multiply

Solar monitoring and data logging: There has been a virtual explosion of solar PV monitoring and data logging companies offering services in the global market over the past few years, and consolidation is the watchword. In the U.S. market alone, the number of companies has risen from a few dozen to several hundred, begging the question of what standard services are, and at what price.

Prejudices about heating

Heating with light: Now PV is also forcing its way on to the heating market, causing a stir in the solar thermal energy sector. But a fundamental debate such as this cannot resolve which solution will be the best for customers. These are the most common arguments.

“Otherwise, someone else will do it”

Add-on business: More and more municipal utilities in Germany are selling and leasing PV systems to their customers. The power companies view such activity as a new business area with added value, especially for creating customer loyalty.

PV’s presidential push

US: President Barack Obama has announced plans to inject $2 billion of government funds into the PV sector as he pushes for more solar capacity across federal buildings, greater use of commercial rooftop space and the creation of more jobs in the solar and clean energy sectors.

“Production will move closer to the end markets”

Interview: In April, Shunfeng Photovoltaic International acquired the Wuxi Suntech Group. Eric Luo, CEO of Wuxi Suntech Power and of Shunfeng Photovoltaic Holding Limited, speaks about Suntech’s new perspectives.

Searching for a sustainable solar model

Europe: The European solar PV market is adjusting to a new reality of domestic strife, economic trouble and a systematic shake-up of support schemes designed to help the industry stride confidently forward. So how is the continent handling its place in the new world order? pv magazine investigates.

A cautious approach to PV technology change

Technology buy-cycles: Overcapacity in the solar PV industry a few years ago continues to impact equipment spending on new technologies. While First Solar and SunPower have set out ambitious roadmaps, capex from Asian-based suppliers is still being kept to minimal levels, explains Finlay Colville, vice president of NPD Solarbuzz.

Shattered myths and fairytales

Dear readers, Those who continue to spread the myth of cheap, safe nuclear power despite Chernobyl and Fukushima will now find it even more difficult to deal in fairytales. In Germany in mid-May, the country’s major energy suppliers announced plans to transfer the ongoing operation, demolition and storage of nuclear waste from its remaining nine […]

A roller-coaster ride

Suntech: Over the past three years, the Chinese PV manufacturer Suntech Power Holding went through a roller-coaster ride in its business development, from being the market leading module supplier in 2010 and 2011 to having to file for insolvency in March 2013. What will become of the former market leader after the break-up? An analysis by Götz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting.

Storage technology in the spotlight

Intersolar Europe: In the first week of June, the who’s who of the solar industry will come together once again at Intersolar Europe in Munich. pv magazine spoke with the show’s organizer Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion, about this year’s expected trends and highlights.

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