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Magazine Archive 07-2012

Shaking up the supply chain

Solar glass: A large percentage of the world’s solar glass is produced by a handful of companies. But is there a need for new suppliers with a product or technology that is different?

Slow start

Brazil: The largest country in South America and sixth largest economy of the world by gross domestic product has introduced net metering for solar power and is beginning to open the electricity grid to photovoltaics.

Attracting luminaries & latecomers

Intersolar North America: Last year, the Intersolar North America trade show and conference attracted 834 exhibitors and 19,168 visitors, along with 220 speakers and 1,617 seminar attendees, or more than 20,000 people. This summer, the conference organizers predict that these numbers will rise to 22,000.

Sun and ice

Off-grid solar: The Alliance for Rural Electrification reports on a rural micro-grid project that powers a 60 home village on Santo Antão, the largest of the islands of Cape Verde, an archipelago off the coast of Western Africa. The most important application of the solar PV micro-grid, which includes an individual energy allowance scheme, is the production of ice to preserve fish.

China’s top 10 module makers

Sino-US trade case: The duties are hefty, the implications appear profound, but just how have Chinese manufacturers reacted to the initial rulings in the Sino-US PV trade dispute? pv magazine looks at the Chinese side of the story.

Taking it all back

Interview: PV module recycling has become a hot topic, following their reclassification under the WEEE Directive as electronic waste. Nicholas Defrenne, Managing Director of non-profit PV module recycling organization CERES tells pv magazine why he believes CERES’ business model out-trumps that of PV Cycle’s. He also discusses the potential money to be made and the challenges the business faces.

Enhancement of electrical performance

Computer modeling: Solar cell industries widely use computer modeling programs to design PV cells with different materials, structures and correlate them with actual performance parameters. Modeling provides the cheapest evaluation of process performance parameters and integrates the fabrication process to develop higher efficiency solar cells at the industrial level. Microsol’s researchers explain the process.

The oil of the future

Raw materials: Lithium’s use as a raw material in batteries has given it a starring role in the energy age of tomorrow. However, the expected boom in electric mobility could create bottlenecks in the supply chain for PV powered systems.

Fill of energy

Large-scale landfill PV installation: The idea is meaningful: using large landfill sites as a basis for solar power parks. Such projects are present, both on recently closed landfills and older landfills. A look at the special conditions that prevail in this landscape and the solutions on offer.

Tier-1 prices stabilizing

Chinese factory gate prices: Chinese module prices dropped by 2.7 percent in the European Union but increased slightly in all other regions.

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