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Magazine Archive 08-2015

PV powers resource sector

Storage for mines: Long apparent, the attraction of bringing solar power to bear on remote mining operations waned in recent years as the price of diesel plunged. But solar’s potential is being mined by the emergence of affordable and reliable storage technologies, writes Thomas Hillig of specialist consultants THEnergy.

Regional shifts in PV manufacturing

Solar manufacturing landscape: Regional shifts in manufacturing are common to all industries and, in general, the trend is to the least expensive country to manufacture the goods in question. This oversimplification does not offer much insight into why regional shifts occur in PV cell and module manufacturing.

“Intermittency won’t be an issue in the future”

Interview: ABB’s MD of power conversion Otto Preiss has seen the growing importance of storage technologies, and believes the company is set to play a powerful role in the storage space.

Regional shifts in PV manufacturing

Solar manufacturing landscape: Regional shifts in manufacturing are common to all industries and, in general, the trend is to the least expensive country to manufacture the goods in question. This oversimplification does not offer much insight into why regional shifts occur in PV cell and module manufacturing.

“It represents a real breakthrough”

Interview: REC was awarded most innovative product at the Intersolar Awards for its TwinPeak module. Luc Graré, REC’s SVP in Sales and Marketing, discusses how the company created its groundbreaking module and outlines from which markets demand is expected.

State of the nation

Rajasthan: The Indian state of Rajasthan is on course to clinch top spot in the hot pursuit of solar growth thanks to new policy incentives that are transforming the market, writes Michael Wekezer of Rödl & Partner.

“Our key priority is module efficiency”

PV manufacturing: Korean manufacturer LG picked up one of the Photovoltaics awards for its NeON 2 black and white modules at Intersolar Europe this year. But the company isn’t looking for a quick ramp up. Michael Harre, Vice President of LG’s EU solar business group, explains how LG will grow steadily and move into new spaces, such as the smart home.

Stringer roundtable

Debate: The process of arranging individual cells into a string to be encapsulated in a module is a key step in the PV production process. It is also one in which bottlenecks can occur if machines are not operated or do not perform as expected. pv magazine sat down with two established providers and one newcomer to the space in its first solar production equipment supplier roundtables to discuss this and other issues. Joining the discussion from the U.S. was Xcell Automation’s Adrian Gretler, who sat down with teamtechnik’s Sven Kramer and new entrant, M10 Industries’ Gregor Reddemann, both from Germany, to discuss markets, technology and segment outlook.

“Revival within the equipment industry”

Interview: During the period of oversupply within the PV sector it was often said that rumors of the death of PV were greatly exaggerated. However, are reports of an equipment supply recovery similarly overstated? Christian Buchner, Head of Business Unit Photovoltaics at Schmid, does not believe that is the case, as a wave of new technology uptake and manufacturing capacity expansions begin to fill order books once more.

The 1500 Volt modus operandi

Utility-scale power plants: The PV sector is stepping up its game – towards 1,500 volts. Manufacturers through the supply chain are now catering towards this voltage ramp-up that promises lower balance-of-system costs and in turn lower LCOE.

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