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Magazine Archive 08-2012

India’s domestic content requirement

India: With close to one gigawatt of installed PV capacity, India is now a significant global market. International manufacturers and investors are now recognizing the potential of the Indian solar Industry. Tobias Engelmeier, from Bridge to India, considers the likelihood of measures in the Indian market to protect domestic manufacturers and their likely impacts.

Value of fluoropolymer-based backsheets

Backsheets: For most photovoltaic modules available on the market today, there are two primary protective layers – the glass on the sun-facing side of the module, and a fluoropolymer-based backsheet. Between the two, the backsheet has a demanding role as Honeywell’s Jim Bratcher explains.

Little black box

Junction box: Intersolar Europe 2012 presented the opportunity to look into the black boxes of the solar industry: junction boxes and the cables and connectors that fuse the entire system in harmony. New products were presented, some older products saw improvements and the question of integration came up.

Window of opportunity

CEO Interview: 2012 has been a busy year for Manz AG. Already this year the company has opened new manufacturing facilities in China, released a new wet chemical tool and transferred 118 CIGS experts from Würth Solar into its own operations. However as yet, it has not sold even one of its CIGS turnkey fabs and has seen a strong decline of revenue from its PV business in 2012. pv magazine spoke to CEO Dieter Manz to find out the company’s strategy in these challenging times.

A view on post-FIT PV

Intersolar Europe: Consolidation of the market is evident. Far less visitors and exhibitors traveled to Munich this year. At the same time Intersolar Europe showed the way towards a post-FIT PV – with new storage solutions, new business models for direct marketing of solar electricity and further cost reductions and product optimization.

Lying in wait

SE Asia: The region has been identified as one of the emerging solar markets of the future. With the IMF reporting economic growth at a rate of 6.5 percent per annum, electricity demand is also growing. However, cumulative installed PV capacity and support schemes are comparatively negligible. Despite this, many companies are lying in wait, preparing their plans, ready to pounce as soon as the markets are ripe.

Amidst difficulty lies opportunity

Intersolar Awards: 93 companies from 50 countries submitted their products for consideration for the fifth Intersolar Awards. The winners who bagged the top spots were not only deserving with their innovations but also commendable for setting the direction the industry should go in order to overcome the obstacles in its path.

More market

Off-grid solar PV: In some off-grid markets, solar power is already more cost-efficient than electricity from diesel generators. More market segments will join the list with rising diesel prices. We asked some of the many off-grid experts exhibiting at Intersolar Europe to describe the current state of the market for PV stand-alone systems, what is important, where the barriers are, and what are the major trends.

Changing the phase of inverters

Inverters: Without new developments in inverters, solar power cannot be fed into the grid problem-free anymore. The electricity grid is changing and will continue to change. Inverters play a vital role. pv magazine joined the immense crowds at the inverter halls during Intersolar Europe to speak with manufacturers who gave us their two cents on the current situation.

Ready for the storage phase

Interview: pv magazine spoke with Mastervolt International’s CEO Hans van Nikkelen Kuijper on the company’s strategy in the changing inverter market and its road map for the future.

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