Magazine Archive

Why Shell’s acquisition of sonnen is a tipping point

Philipp Schröder, CEO CAPinside, former sonnen Managing Director

On the Road with pv magazine

Where we’ve been – BePositive: Lyon, France The BePositive fair held in mid-February in Lyon, France, has seen an increasing presence of Asian solar product providers, a signal that the French solar energy market is now more open than in the past to international players. Asian manufacturers such as JinkoSolar, JA Solar, Longi, Hanwha Q […]

48 hours in… Istanbul

As one of the world’s great metropolis, and one that has been the capital of past empires, all solar business enthusiasts will be welcomed in Istanbul with Turkish hospitality for the Solarex event next month.

Do you walk the talk?

Sustainability. Cradle to cradle. The circular economy. These issues are reaching a tipping point. We need to recognize them, own them, and build them into our business models. Indeed, by being true green leaders and encouraging others in the industry to do the same, we’ll not only be a driving force behind the right revolution […]

Demystifying bifacial

A few years ago, nobody took bifacial seriously. It was just another attempt to improve module efficiency and returns from PV projects that little bit further. But as is so often the case with the PV sector, things can move more quickly than expected. With bifacial installations set for a big year in 2019, Ragna Schmidt-Haupt, partner at technical and commercial energy consultancy Everoze shines a light on the remaining challenges to making projects bankable.

“Multi and mono are like brothers”

The growth of monocrystalline PV’s market share was one of the big trends in the global industry in 2018. But it is all part of a natural technology cycle between mono and multi, argues Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu.

pv magazine test – January 2019 results

We are happy to present to the next batch of pv magazine test energy yield results. Results from the pv magazine test installation in Xi’an, China for the month of January 2019 are presented below, with additional insight provided by George Touloupas, Director of Technology and Quality at CEA.

Flexible CIGS rolls out on new tools

PV production equipment suppliers across Europe and the United States are racing to provide Chinese manufacturers with tools to process gigawatts of thin film modules. CIGS manufacturing, which has struggled to flourish in crystalline silicon’s shadow, is trending towards flexible, lightweight products.

Making the connection

Recent years have seen plenty of innovation when it comes to cell interconnection, and the tricks manufacturers employ to boost output at this stage nowadays go well beyond simply adding more busbars, and in many new module concepts these are forgone entirely. Synergies between cell interconnection and new innovations at other stages will also be key in shaping the modules of the future.

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