See-through solar? Craig Morris

Photovoltaics » 22.08.2014

See-through solar?

Researchers from Michigan State University are in the news this week with new “solar windows.” It’s not yet ready to move from the lab to the market, but the bigger question is whether it should. read more »

“Market” makes German solar up to 30% more expensive Foto: Krannich Solar

Photovoltaics » 22.08.2014

“Market” makes German solar up to 30% more expensive

The feed-in tariffs for new photovoltaic arrays in Germany continue to drop on a monthly basis, but the recent slowdown in market growth means the monthly reduction will fall to 0.5 percent starting in September. read more »

Small turnkey ground mounted PV-system Belectric

Small turnkey ground mounted PV-system

Innovation is all about developing better solutions that meet new requirements or existing market needs. These step by step improvements aim to create more effective products, services, technologies or ideas that are readily available to markets. In this sense, the new “10-KiloWattBlock” from Belectric is a great example for innovation read more »

Italy imposes retroactive changes to the feed-in tariff for PV Gestore

Italy imposes retroactive changes to the feed-in tariff for PV

Last Thursday the Italian parliament and senate in Rome have voted in favor of retroactive changes to the feed-in tariff scheme for solar power. Among other changes, operators of PV systems larger than 200 kW must now choose one of three options for changes. read more »

A closer look at Japans “Easy PV” potential Thomas Gerke

A closer look at Japans “Easy PV” potential

The notoriously import-dependent island nation of Japan could install 170 GW of “easy PV”, enough to generate roughly 20% of its current electricity needs. Today, we’ll take a closer look at this potential. read more »

How much “easy PV” could Japan build? Thomas Gerke

How much “easy PV” could Japan build?

In 2012, Japan introduced a feed-in tariff for solar power, with the goal of kick-starting its relatively dormant PV market. So far the policy appears to be succeeding, and Japan is experiencing the onset of a solar boom. This opens the door for inspirational questions like: How much “easy PV” could be installed? read more »

Ubiquitous citizen power in Japan Thomas Gerke

Ubiquitous citizen power in Japan

Earlier this year I traveled to Japan for a short vacation and to visit family. It was my third trip to the country since the onset of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima has triggered a public debate about energy, as well as significant changes in policy. Since my last visit in 2012, the country has launched a FIT and has sub sequentially become one of the hot global markets for photovoltaics. read more »

"People were naïve about the industry" Foto: Nicole Weinhold

"People were naïve about the industry"

Stuart Brannigan, Vice-President Sales and Marketing Europe and Americas of ZNShine Solar, a Chinese solar supplier, speaks about the future of solar industry in Europe. read more »

Black silicon in one step Rice University/Barron Group

Black silicon in one step

Science continues to progress when it comes to increasing solar cell efficiency. Black silicon production is one example. Current research brings black silicon closer to mass production. read more »

Does solar still pay in Germany? Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

Photovoltaics » 03.07.2014

Does solar still pay in Germany?

Solar continues to be built in Germany – quite a bit of it, actually, relative to peak summer demand. Nonetheless, the market is poised to be roughly cut in half this year – for the second year in a row. A major German solar planner seems to be in financial trouble. How low can Germany go? read more »