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Magazine Archive 09-2014

Consolidation and expansion

Industry ranking: Capacity additions and production ramps were not terms uttered often about thin producers in the recent years. But amongst the swirling winds of trade disputes, downstream integration, and steady technological progress, thin films are just about holding their own.

Security and duties, the Pakistan challenge

Pakistan: With corruption and security issues an everyday concern for solar investors in Pakistan, a domestic developer believes that the reintroduction of a crippling tax regime could sound the death knell for utility-scale projects before any ground is broken.

Eager for an industry

Manufacturing in Latin America: The emergence of a market for large-scale photovoltaic power plants combined with mandatory local content requirements in some countries, such as Brazil, has given rise to a host of plans to set up solar equipment factories throughout Latin America.

Sharp learning curve

SEMI roadmap: Where is c-Si technology headed? Which new processes and technologies are truly competitive according to the analysis of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)? pv magazine spoke with Stephan Raithel of SEMI Europe and Paxon Lee of SEMI Taiwan about SEMI’s International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV).

Effects of the trade war

Ardour Solar Index: The trade war continues to weigh on the index performance. The next round of duties puts most names in red.

Taking a breather

Module prices: The industry is searching for ways out of the summer slump.

From Japan to global manufacturing

CEO Interview: Japanese CIS thin film producer and integrator Solar Frontier is evolving. Emerging from its parent, Showa Shell Sekiyu, the company is increasing its international footprint after two booming years supplying the Japanese market. Last month Solar Frontier appointed Atsuhiko Hirano as president and CEO. He spoke to pv magazine in Tokyo the week he took control of the company.

Ten points on the Turkish solar market

Turkey: A growing economy, an insatiable thirst for energy, high levels of solar irradiation and an enviable location at the crossroads of East and West. Are these conditions perfect for nurturing the next solar superstar, or a muddled cocktail where dormant potential is forever doomed to remain unfulfilled? pv magazine breaks down the Turkish enigma into these 10 key points.

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: Germany rolls out its market premium price as an alternative to the standard FITs. Changes are also taking place in Australia, Italy, Slovenia and Michigan.

The boom continues

Japan: PV is big in Japan. Over the last two years the industry has blossomed under its generous FIT scheme. But many continue to ask whether the boom will continue or be stopped dead in its tracks. pv magazine reports from one of Japan’s biggest solar trade shows.

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