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Magazine Archive 08-2016

And the winner is …

Installation Innovation Award – Europe: presented by pv magazine and Hanwha Q Cells, the Installation Innovation Award identified four nominees chosen for their fresh approaches in bringing solar power to a wider audience. But alas, there could only be one winner …


On the road with pv magazine Where we’ve been: Intersolar North America, San Francisco Conflict? In the U.S. solar industry? An industry that has nurtured innovation, expansion and vast profits for the past few years? So it came to pass at the Intersolar North America exhibition, which opened to a rallying cry by the California […]

Top-c-Si turvy in the Top Ten

Crystalline silicon module ranking: As every year, pv magazine, via the analysis provided by IHS Research, has listed the top ten crystalline silicon module manufacturers of 2015. Some have left the ranks, others have joined – and one has taken a dive.

Sufficient market to create an industry?

Brazil: Brazil’s current energy glut and political and economic difficulties have forced it to cancel one of its 2016 solar power auctions. Nevertheless, the industry hopes that in the October tender up to 2 GW of solar will be awarded. Meanwhile, of the 3 GW awarded previously, and which ought to go into operation between 2017 and 2018, only 700 MW are currently under construction.

Reasons for optimization

DC optimizers: Module level power electronics are squeezing more energy out of the solar array with every new iteration, with DC optimization a preferred choice for a great many regions and markets. pv magazine examines the latest trends and products shaping this space.

Pimp my PV

Module prices: New installations not on the cards? Then at least tune up the existing systems! Retrofitting storage systems to arrays is a lucrative business.

Mining with sunshine

Offgrid PV+storage: Over 30,000 modules mounted on dual axis trackers sit above the iconic red earth in remote Western Australia. With the closest town of 1,000 people 150 km away and the nearest sizeable city 900 km, the project is about as off-the-grid as it gets. But it could be pointing the way forward for industrial solar+storage applications in Australia and beyond.


Europe’s leading show goes on

Intersolar Europe 2016: Battery storage was the main topic as Intersolar returned to its spiritual home of Munich again this year for the 25th iteration of the key solar event. Alongside the battery providers, key suppliers from across the PV supply chain were present and signs of opportunities on the horizon and beyond Europe’s borders delivered an event more upbeat than the contracting European market could have offered.

Brexit bounce-back

Guggenheim Solar Index: The broader stock market has been on the rise since mid-July despite the Brexit scare pushing market and solar stocks down. Recovery was swift, and for the U.K.’s energy sector in particular it is not all doom-and-gloom.

Born in the U.S.A.

Module manufacturing, United States: On the back of its booming PV market, solar manufacturing is returning to the U.S. pv magazine gives you a look at some of the larger PV makers in the nation, and their position.

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