Magazine Archive 09-2012

Having the edge

Laser technology: Lasers are becoming an essential component in crystalline solar (c-Si) cell production, driven by demand for equipment upgrades for the manufacture of high efficiency cells, but there is more the technology has to offer.

Soft market

Chinese factory gate prices: In Europe, the time has come for US$0.60/Wp Chinese crystalline silicon modules.

Holding strong in the face of losses

Taiwan: Taiwanese solar manufacturers initially greeted the U.S. anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar exports with guarded optimism. However, despite an increase in orders, the impact on the bottom line was negligible.

Solar and storage: A perfect marriage

Solar and storage: Solar power manufacturers and storage solutions producers are joining forces. Pike Research’s research analyst in the Smart Energy practice, Brittany Gibson, explains how this helps and the direction of these collaborations.

“A giant leap towards the future”

CIGS thin film: With a total budget of more than €10 million, the European Union’s Scalenano project aims to increase Europe’s competitiveness in photovoltaic technology through the development of low cost and highly efficient manufacturing processes for CIGS thin film solar cells.

In search of copper

Raw materials: With the international price war at full tilt, any way to lower costs is of central importance to the photovoltaics industry. Copper is one of the most expensive base metals in the world, and the potential for cost cutting along the whole value chain is huge.

Solar financiers demand more data and insurance

Solar financing: Dustin Kahler, Vice President of renewables finance at Wells Fargo predicts that the U.S. solar finance market will scale with the sophistication of data. Speaking to a small audience at the recent Intersolar North America, he suggested that lower cost more widely-available funding for solar projects is being fostered today by a growing use of bankability exercises in the industry.

300 GW a year: Power in numbers

The 300GW/a initiative: While the production side of the current PV industry sags under the weight of surplus supply, talk of long-term optimism and big goals for future capacity may seem to be nothing but hot air. However in an energy market where things are changing rapidly, pv magazine is tackling the idea of whether 300 GW per year (GW/a) of installed PV generation can be added globally in the year 2025 and beyond.

Inside the Taiwan Miracle

PV Taiwan: The challenges facing the solar industry are no secret with low prices across the industry sending some solar manufacturers reeling. This only adds to PV Taiwan’s significance. PV Taiwan, held on October 3 to 5, is Taiwan’s premium solar PV trade expo, bringing together hundreds of countries from all the top solar producing regions, especially the world’s numbers 1 and 2, China and Taiwan.

Solar trade wars – next stop India?

India: The trade war slowly makes its way into India. Indian manufacturers have lodged a complaint against the Chinese on charges of dumping modules at unacceptable prices as well. Madhavan Nampoothiri of RESolve Energy Consultants elaborates.

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