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Magazine Archive 09-2014

High hopes for perovskite

New cell types: As efficiency improvement potential for silicon cells continues its decline, a new material combination has appeared on the horizon. The hype surrounding the new development seems to be justified.

The challenge of high efficiency PV testing

Flashing and cell testing: High efficiency PV represents progress for the PV industry, but it also presents challenges.


Innovating times

Innovate and prosper: It’s almost a mantra in parts of the PV industry. It’s also at the heart of what will continue solar’s march into and beyond competitiveness with our rivals in the thermal power sector and keep PV on the impressive learning curve that has served us so well. But then again, it’s easier […]

The disruptive potential of thin and kerfless wafers

Thin c-Si: The ultimate goal of thin and kerfless wafer technologies is to achieve competitive efficiencies at lower production costs, using less material in the process. A few innovative startups are already making encouraging strides in the U.S., finds pv magazine, and could deliver a superior solar solution within the next five years.

Israel’s clean energy future

Israel: Having deployed the highest number of PV installations in the Middle East, expectations are high that Israel will soon drive the region’s solar PV renaissance. pv magazine asks whether international expectations of rapidly developing solar PV are well grounded or overestimated. 

The future of SMA: An analysis

SMA: pv magazine publisher Karl-Heinz Remmers examines leading German inverter manufacturer SMA and its global prospects amid plunging inverter prices and growing competition.

Laser ablation on modern solar cells

Solar cells: Laser marking and structuring for dielectric layers, laser drilling, laser firing and laser doping are needed for most modern and future solar cell concepts. Only an optimal process design enables cost effective process improvements. Jens Theobald, research engineer at the International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz (ISC), Richard Hendel, Sales Manager for Photovoltaic Applications at Rofin-Baasel Lasertech, and Stephan Grosser, Team Leader, c-Si Defect Diagnostics, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, report on an approach using laser-ablation processes for current PERC solar cells and applications for emerging cell concepts, i.e. bifacial n-type solar cells.

The Future PV Forum

Solar PV: For a technology to have come so far, so quickly, is testament to the innovation, passion and expertise coursing through the solar industry. But where does solar PV go from here? The Future PV Forum – created in collaboration with pv magazine and Heraeus – will delve into this discussion at the Forum Solarpraxis, Berlin, on November 27 and 28, exploring topics ranging from the latest technical innovations to the next phase of cost reduction.

Making the change

Central America and the Caribbean: How can renewables meet the energy needs of a region dependant on fossil fuel? Carlos Albero and Daniel Barandalla of the global consultancy DNV GL examine the various ways PV is lighting the way forward in Central America and the Caribbean.

Why do we need more women in solar?

Recruitment: Women make up only 18.7% of the solar workforce in the U.S. What is stopping women from joining our forward-looking industry? And what can be done about it? Rosana Francescato from PV Solar Report seeks the answers.

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