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Magazine Archive 06-2016

Optimizing your O&M

Smart data analytics: The urge to optimize PV plant performance is a natural one, and something every good EPC worth their salt should be thinking of from day one. And while post-installation monitoring and analysis tools vary, there are a wealth of platforms and techniques on the market to assist plant owners, writes Stefan Mau, a senior engineer with DNV GL.

Using string at scale

String inverters: Heralded by some developers as a way to reduce O&M costs and meet the challenges of optimizing park design, large string inverters for PV power plants have made headway in some markets. And as solar spreads to harsher and more remote regions, string’s strength is coming ever more to the fore.

Pitch the future

Ecosummit 2016: Now is time for open innovations in the energy market. As consumers become prosumers and begin demanding smarter products and services, big companies are forced to modernize their business and seek support from younger, more dynamic and innovative market players. In April, pv magazine attended Ecosummit 2016 in Berlin to discover what products and business models cleantech startups have in mind for our energy future.

“Identifying good partners means screening the market”

Interview: Chris Voet, Chief Sales Officer at LTi ReEnergy, discusses the company’s “German heart – local content” approach, which aids entry of its central inverter technology into strong and emerging markets such as Brazil, India, China, and Turkey, as well as other regions with local content requirements and high import taxes.

Putting the squeeze on solar

Poland RES act: The amended Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act will introduce an auction mechanism into Poland’s clean power landscape, but the proposed terms are not favorable to solar PV nor wind, writes Piotr Mrowiec, associate partner at Rödl & Partner.

“Quality is the absence of defects”

Quality, innovation and sustainability in the backsheet market: pv magazine talks with Luigi Marras of Coveme to discuss recent trends in the backsheet industy, including geographical preferences, quality development and pioneering back contact cells.

Revisiting the history books

China’s solar story: Charting the birth of the Chinese PV industry is a transparent task, yet misinformation regarding the state’s role in supporting the sector persists. Australian expertise, U.S. investment, German foresight and Chinese boldness were all more pivotal in giving China’s PV manufacturing base a headstart, argues UNSW’s Martin Green.


“The older the PV system, the harder it is to supply spares”

CEO interview: A maturing solar industry needs a thriving marketplace within which system owners, whether new or old, can find competitively priced spare parts for their plants. SecondSol has been a frontrunner in this sector, has now launched its service as Solarodo in the U.S., and CEO Frank Fiedler speaks to pv magazine .

Scant cause for celebration

Module prices: Germany’s REA debate reloaded.

A case of scale

Nowhere does scale quite like China. Aboard a bus, last month, heading towards one of Huawei’s inverter manufacturing plants in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the startling growth the city has undergone is everywhere to see. Sleek new toll roads connect the residential and industrial districts, and apartment blocks under construction rise from all […]

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