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Magazine Archive 11-2012

Intense struggle for market shares

Industry ranking: New markets are opening up for inverter manufacturers. But this also changes the balance of power among competitors. Newcomers are putting pressure on the business of established manufacturers. Market researchers and analysts assess developments among inverter manufacturers and provide an outlook.


Applications & Installations | Product News | Production Technology Production Technology/SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG Polish/Etch can be retrofitted The Linea II Single Side Polish Etch (SSE-PE) from Singulus is part of a production line upgrade developed by the company. This is a new production solution for rear side passivated silicon solar cells. In order to upgrade […]

Weakening volume growth

Ardour Solar Index: Trade wars and weak 3Q12 expectations loom. The industry conferences of 3Q12 provided little direction for the Ardour Solar Index.

The Caribbean warms to solar PV

Latin America: Caribbean adoption of PV seems like a foregone conclusion given high kilowatt hour prices based on imported oil. But entrenched and unprepared utilities may be the hardest sell to make a deal work.

Technology that blends in

Building-integrated PV: The technology trends at Solar Decathlon Europe, which took place in Madrid in September, included hybrid PV thermal technology, good-looking thin film facades and touchscreen energy management. However, Solar Decathlon is an architectural competition, and photovoltaic technology is not the focus. It’s about integration of PV into the building.

Taking stock

27th EU PVSEC: Equipment suppliers were standing by with new solutions to help make PV manufacturing profitable.

Storage has landed

Storage overview: The smorgasbord of storage solutions is on an upward trend as the products on offer increase this year. The first market overview on storage provides an orientation to integrated solutions and to this hot topic.

Shakeout and hopes

Dear readers, The list is getting longer: SunPower idles manufacturing lines in the Philippines, Solar Frontier stops new plant, Satcon files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, SMA announces over 1,000 job cuts. And the Chinese industry has also been affected. According to Maxim Research they are US$18 billion in debt to state banks, with some of […]

Rising global demand

Module prices: Now, tier-1 manufacturers are also affected by price decreases. Crystalline PV modules saw a stronger price decrease than thin film panels.

Recapping the expo and conference season

Global market update: Storage solutions and higher efficiency? Never mind those, exhibition season was all about the margins, as Lux Research analyst Matt Feinstein discovered.

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