Magazine Archive 09-2017

Spend a little, gain a lot

7th Quality Roundtable: pv magazine’s is bringing its Quality Roundtable format to Renewable Energy India this month to spark informed and engaging discussions about the key quality issues facing the country’s surging solar sector. PI Berlin’s Steven Xuereb will be among those presenting a topic for discussion, and here is a sneak peek at what to expect.

Building to become more competitive

India manufacturing: India will soon become the world’s third-largest solar market, surpassing Japan for annual installations. However, it has reached these heady heights on a foundation comprised of largely imported solar components from China, while the domestic manufacturing market remains underdeveloped. How might this change in the near future?

Revolving and sliding doors

It’s very much a case of deja vu. There’s something eerily familiar to the coming together of solar manufacturers, industry representatives and downstream participants with government officials, and diplomats in Washington DC that is currently underway as the pv magazine editorial puts the finishing touches to this bumper edition. The meeting is a result of […]

Retrofit for purpose

Junction box potential: Recent safety regulation updates in the U.S. and Europe could render vast swathes of rooftop solar installations non-compliant with new fire codes, potentially opening up a retrofit market for providers of components that can make arrays compliant. One cost-effective approach could well be the replacement of older junction boxes with newer, more sophisticated devices.

Getting into good habits

Remote habitation: Installing off-grid solar PV applications in many of the world’s remotest regions is not as straightforward a task as the beaming smiles of villagers may make it seem. But understanding the difficulties facing the remote habitation category are as crucial as overcoming them.

Prodding new markets

Module assembly: As solar PV becomes more accessible and affordable across the globe, more nations are turning to local PV manufacturing in a bid to stimulate the development of their renewable energy markets. Against the backdrop of tightening competition and rising quality expectations, pv magazine sheds light on emerging solar module manufacturing locations and their chances against mayor upstream PV hubs.

Limited supply, rising prices

Modules in the US: Regardless of its outcome, the Suniva trade case is already having profound effects on supply, demand and pricing for PV modules in the U.S., writes Camron Barati, IHS Markit analyst, North America Solar.

DEGER: an introduction

Solar trackers: The solar tracking market has never been more competitive or confident. As the solar industry grows, trackers are becoming a more vital component of ground-mounted PV plants. Here, Germany’s DEGER talks about tracking technology, the industry, and their own journey of innovation.

Wholesale market crisis

Electricity market: Sustained low wholesale power prices are driving coal, nuclear and even gas plant retirements, pushing independent power producers into the red, and spurring reforms of wholesale market structures. But even PV is not immune to these trends. pv magazine looks at the implications for the solar industry.

Momentum builds for HJT

Cell production: While an inherently conservative business, PV cell production has evolved greatly in terms of cost and efficiency. Heterojunction cell architectures represent more of a step change, when compared to the PERC investment cycle currently underway. In this first of a two part HJT focus, pv magazine speaks to some of the leading technology providers for the high efficiency concept.

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