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Review of Failures of Photovoltaic Modules

03 Jun 14 - 12:21 CEST
Review of Failures of Photovoltaic Modules

One key factor of reducing the costs of photovoltaic systems is to increase the reliability and the service life time of the PV modules. Today’s statistics show degradation rates of the rated power for crystalline silicon PV modules of 0.8%/year [Jordan11]. To increase the reliability and the service life of PV modules one has to understand the ...

Global Market Outlook

03 Jun 14 - 12:08 CEST
Global Market Outlook

With at least 38.4 gigawatts (GW) of newly-installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity worldwide and a global cumulative installed capacity of 138.9 GW, 2013 was another historic year for solar PV technology. EPIA's flagship report assesses global and European PV markets in 2013, makes forecasts for the next five years, and analyses the role of PV within ...

Solar Photovoltaic Barometer

08 May 14 - 10:16 CEST
Solar Photovoltaic Barometer

The European Union, whose global market share was 73.6% in 2011, is now only 26.5% (end of 2013), with installed capacity of 9.9 GWp (in 2013). Coming down from 16.7 GWp in 2012 this is a 40.5% decline. Europe’s installed PV capacity now stands at 78.8 GWp (end of 2013).

From defense to offense

06 May 14 - 09:38 CEST
From defense to offense

For decades, the electric power sector — whether regulated or deregulated, wholesale or retail — operated on a simple premise: we have the power, and when our customers need it, we will provide it. All of that is changing. Conventional centralized, dispatchable, fossil- or nuclear-based generation will gradually be impacted by the adoption of distributed ...

PV GRID PARITY MONITOR

22 Apr 14 - 14:05 CEST
PV GRID PARITY MONITOR

This is the third issue of the Grid Parity Monitor, and it focuses exclusively on the commercial segment (30 kW PV systems). As such, it analyzes PV competitiveness with electricity prices for commercial consumers and assesses local regulation for self-consumption in seven different countries (Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Spain).

PV Rooftop Development in Thailand

10 Apr 14 - 12:34 CEST
PV Rooftop Development in Thailand

The strong economic growth of Thailand throughout the last two decades had a decisive influence also on the demand for energy of the country, especially regarding the need to build more generation capacities. Regarding the electricity consumption an average yearly growth of around 3% over the last 3 years can be identified.