Bright market outlook for German PV equipment suppliers Foto: Krannich Solar

Manufacturing » 17.12.2014

Bright market outlook for German PV equipment suppliers

German engineering lobby group VDMA says that sales revenue in the PV production equipment sector grew by more than a third in the first three quarters of 2014 year over year. The Germans still make up more than 50 percent of the global market. read more »

Commercial PV + storage SMA

Commercial PV + storage

German solar inverter manufacturer SMA published an update of its review of “directly consumed” solar power for commercial arrays. Today, we provide a summary in English. Spoiler: if you’re looking for a market overview, it’s not here. read more »

Elegant and efficient: solar architecture Foto: Soltecture

Future market » 16.12.2014

Elegant and efficient: solar architecture

In solar architecture, mass-produced products are no longer attractive but individual designs are gaining momentum in the market. read more »

Hydrogen from a solar reactor Quelle: TU Berlin / A. Hollmann

TU Berlin » 15.12.2014

Hydrogen from a solar reactor

A new reactor at TU Berlin demonstrates how sunlight can be used to help produce hydrogen. read more »

Australians break through the 40% efficiency mark RayGen Ressources

Australians break through the 40% efficiency mark

Australian researchers have developed a solar cell system within efficiency exceeding 40%. The system consists of stacked sales and silicon cells The new technology was designed for solar tower power plants. read more »

Is this the beginning of the German PV + storage boom? BSW-Solar

Grid parity » 11.12.2014

Is this the beginning of the German PV + storage boom?

New figures published by German solar lobby group BSW indicate that prices of solar power storage units are dropping considerably, and sales are picking up. Nonetheless, the market remains quite small. read more »

More batteries for cars and homes Foto: Daimler

More batteries for cars and homes

There is good news on-site power consumers: Daimler is building a lithium ion battery plant. At the same time Sonnenbatterie GmbH has announced new investors and a capital increase. The market is gaining momentum, and that means prices are sure to drop soon. read more »

PV + battery storage does not pay in Germany Foto: SMA

Photovoltaics » 04.12.2014

PV + battery storage does not pay in Germany

With the cost of solar only half the level of power from the grid, we should be seeing a solar boom in Germany, at least if we believe those who talk about grid parity. Instead, solar is shrinking. It turns out that the “incentiveless future” can still entail legal hurdles. What’s more, merely calculating your return from PV + batteries is enough to scare anyone off. read more »

Growth can be sustained under CfD Foto: Belectric

UK solar: » 02.12.2014

Growth can be sustained under CfD

The British solar market has fewer barriers to deployment than ever: public opinion has never been more favourable; the country has enjoyed three straight record-breaking quarters in terms of installed capacity, including the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems on over half-a-million homes. And despite industry concerns, this robust appetite for solar will likely see the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme prove successful, maintaining the impetus that has transformed the industry. read more »

Solar potential in distant lands ESMAP/Weltbank

Solar potential in distant lands

The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program has begun its measurements of global insolation values in Pakistan, the first of 12 countries where the organization will measure solar radiation levels as part of the program. In the future, the data will form a planning basis for investors. read more »