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Magazine Archive 12-2012


Module prices: The price decline is decelerating towards the end of the year.

Singapore: A base for solar business

APVIA: Despite boasting only 5.5 MW in installed capacity, Singapore is far from a backwater for photovoltaics. With its status as a business and banking hub, it is increasingly becoming a base for solar companies and that was the message from this year’s PV Asia Pacific Expo (APVIA).

Rare sunny moments

Dear readers, Will it or will it not happen? Many visitors at this year’s Renewable Energy India Expo asked themselves this question. The reason being that during the three day trade exhibition in November, a thick smog covered the megacity and the sun only managed to penetrate the yellowish-gray veil on a few occasions. “The […]

Q.Cells’ second rising

Industry consolidation: Solar PV is a major pillar of the Hanwha Group’s strategy for “quality growth” in the future. Its acquisition, completed in October, of the bankrupt Q.Cells is a clear part of this strategy. As the new venture Hanwha Q.Cells was launched, company representatives chose to highlight synergies between the companies. But how good is the fit and how long will Hanwha remain committed to PV in the face of losses from its PV business segment? pv magazine investigates.

On the horizon

Net metering: A new net metering scheme should help Israel’s solar PV market grow more quickly in 2013 and there are signs that grid parity may soon be achieved.

On target for P2 and P3

Laser scribing: Widely used in silicon thin film PV production, lasers still have a way to go to be used to the same extent in CIGS production.

“What we need is awareness”

West Africa: How can photovoltaic technology achieve a breakthrough in Ghana? Arthur Manu, Solar Dealer in Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region in mid-western Ghana, explains the market potential of solar in the country.

In search of new markets

Chinese factory gate prices: Chinese tier-1 and tier-2 module suppliers are working hard to keep prices stable.

Improved grid stability

Smart inverters: With the popularity of PV prompting a move away from large centralized power generators to numerous decentralized small-scale generators, the latest generation of inverters have a significant part to play in modernizing grids for a renewables age, as TÜV Süd’s Christian Dirmeier and Ma Zhengdong explain.

Green power to gas

Power to gas solution: The electricity grid is under pressure to restructure itself to accept more renewable power. Power has been generated from gas conventionally. Now there is a practical option to go the other way too, power to gas, giving renewable-generated power a smart solution for storage and use.

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