Magazine Archive 08-2017

Winding down, while gearing up

With the summer months upon us, at least in the northern hemisphere, the time for taking stock and catching one’s breath before the second half of the year descends is now. But it feels like somebody forgot to tell the solar industry. As the PV world continues to grow, both in size and complexity, there […]

Islands of opportunity

PV potential: Being at the highest risk of climate change impacts, several island nations are emerging as renewable energy champions. Solar and storage have hit an inflection point against diesel generation offering lower cost, cleaner electricity to island nations.

No solar shortcuts

Innovation and technology misunderstandings: Without innovation and dedication to pushing boundaries, the solar industry would wither and die. A lack of appreciation of the skill, time, and desire it takes to eke out greater efficiencies is not uncommon, and the route to successful commercialization is rarely straightforward.

New directions for U.S. solar veterans

Business model, technology innovation: SunPower and First Solar have long stood at the vanguard of the U.S. PV industry. But size and experience has never locked in success in solar. pv magazine checks out how the two company’s business models have evolved and continue to evolve, and in what new directions the two are heading.

After the rush

PV demand in China: Another installation boom is drawing to a close in China, as the country implements a further cut to its feed-in tariffs. Analyst Corinne Lin looks at what to expect from the world’s largest PV market in the second half of the year.

“Our path is one that we are highly confident in.”

Thin film: Mark Widmar has been at the helm of U.S. CdTe producer and project developer First Solar for a little over 12 months. During that time he has made the big call to skip the company’s Series 5 module and go to the large format Series 6. But what does the future hold for its project development business in the time of change? pv magazine spoke to the First Solar CEO to find out.

Realizing the potential

Mexican market: Two recent energy auctions have been the catalyst that solar needed to take off in Mexico. Although part of the 3.6 GW that was contracted may not actually be built, a third auction which is currently underway could ensure that solar comes to represent 6% of the country’s energy mix in 2021.

Optimizing safety

DC power optimizers: Adding module-level power electronics to a rooftop solar array has long been a question of cost and performance, but new safety regulations introduced in the U.S. and European markets may create an extra incentive for homeowners and businesses to adopt this technology.

From Buffalo to Brazil

Americas show roundup: It’s been a busy month, and indeed a busy year, for PV across the Americas. pv magazine was in attendance at key events across both continents, including the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF Wall Street) in New York City, Intersolar North America in San Francisco, and Brazil Solar Power in Rio de Janeiro, and now brings the latest from all three leading markets.

Backsheets and end of life

Backsheets: Crucial for module durability and quality, but sometimes overlooked, backsheet composition may play a crucial role when it comes to module end of life. Implications of backsheet composition for recycling are revealed in a new study.

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