Photovoltaics World surveyed our readers about the best places for solar panel installation: large-scale solar arrays in the desert, thin film applications for building integrated PV (BIPV), rooftop installations across major cities and commercial buildings, and other ideas. Check out what solar industry insiders thought were the most viable applications of PV.
Photovoltaics World surveyed our readers to find out what part of the world best incubate solar cell start-ups and spin-outs. As solar power moves to large-scale, global projects, more and more solar start-ups are emerging with new thin film technologies, better materials for c-Si cell fab, and more.
Photovoltaics World recently surveyed our readers about the best locations for solar start-ups, solar cell manufacturing, and solar industry jobs. Not surprisingly, the respondents found places like China and Eastern Europe to be suitable manufacturing locations. Some of the other top picks might surprise you.
Photovoltaics World surveyed our readers about where in the world solar jobs are booming. Readers expect to find work in the US and Germany, with solar job opportunities in China not far behind. A troubling write-in response to the survey, "I don't know" and various iterations came up time and again.
China outdid the rest of the world by far last year when it set aside a whopping $200.8 billion in stimulus funding for cleantech. The commitment soared 79% above the $112.2 billion in stimulus funds that the United States allocated to the industry, according to the Stern report, making China the largest potential investors in the sector in one fell swoop. Contributor Jennifer Kho reports.
Solar PV technology owes its existence as we know it to Edmund Bequerel, Albert Einstein, and other historical figures. Today, this spirit of technological advancement and ingenuity is alive and well. Photovoltaics World salutes a few of the technologists that have made PV’s journey possible, at the beginning through today.
Where the rubber hits the road (or is it sun hits the silicon?) is with all of the many companies that have taken on the business of photovoltaics. These are the companies that are installing PV on rooftops and in fields, manufacturing PV cells and modules, and supplying manufacturing equipment and materials, among many others.
The political will to support solar has arguably been the single largest factor determining the growth of the market in the last decade, with the German feed-in tariff (FIT) as the most obvious example. That political will depends largely on public awareness, and that's where this group of PV champions comes in.
The job requirements for investors backing solar in the last couple of years have included nerves of steel and a fervent belief in the industry. With solar prices plunging amid talk of an oversupply, project financing becoming hard to get and expensive, and few U.S. initial public offerings, it's no wonder that solar investment dropped off at the end of 2008 and in the first half of 2009.
In the special "Champions" issue of Photovoltaics World, we honor those advocates, technologists, investors and companies that have made clean energy possible through the use of solar power produced by photovoltaics. Editor-in-chief Pete Singer discusses the state of the solar industry today.