Draft of PV auction rules leaked Foto: Andreas Hermsdorf  / pixelio.de

Photovoltaics » 19.01.2015

Draft of PV auction rules leaked

On Wednesday, the German government is expected to publish the rules for the upcoming rounds of reverse auctions for photovoltaics. German climate website Klimaretter published its own overview of a recent version of the document over the weekend. read more »

1.5 million solar arrays in Germany Foto: Krannich Solar

Photovoltaics » 12.01.2015

1.5 million solar arrays in Germany

German solar lobby group BSW has published its latest figures on the solar sector in the country, including an estimate of the market segment of battery storage. Panel prices also began to give way at the end of the year, and the global market is set to grow. read more »

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 »