Category Archives: Analysis

Rare Earth Mineral Supply for PVs at Risk

published: 2012-03-07 10:40 | editor | category: Analysis
By D.A. Barber There could be a struggle to meet the solar energy targets many countries have set because the current global supply of rare metals needed to produce PVs is unlikely to meet demand, according to a November 2011 stud...  more

Europe’s Solar Policies

published: 2012-03-05 10:15 | editor | category: Analysis
By D.A. Barber Despite the sluggish global economy and the European debt crisis, there have been questions as to whether Europe will remain dedicated to renewable energy. But recent re-enforcement to policy changes in the region p...  more

Solar Energy Expansion in Hawaii

published: 2012-02-29 18:13 | editor | category: Analysis
By D.A. Barber The abundant supply of sunshine throughout the Hawaiian Islands as well as new regulations and economic incentives that support solar power projects has positioned the American state to offset a substantial portion ...  more

Global CPV Market

published: 2012-02-22 17:57 | editor | category: Analysis
by D.A. Barber Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) technology is proving to be less costly than current flat panel and thin film PVs due to their high efficiency design. In fact, in April 2011 San Jose, California-based Solar Junctio...  more

Japan’s Post-Fukushima Solar Solution

published: 2012-02-15 10:28 | editor | category: Analysis
By D.A. Barber Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, has historically been ahead of many countries in adopting residential solar. In 2009, residential was 90 percent of the total PV market in Japan, which at the time wa...  more

A Paint-Based Solution to Capturing Sunlight

published: 2012-02-14 15:48 | editor | category: Analysis
By Dr Dino R Ponnampalam There has been a considerable push to restructure the energy mix to favor non-finite energy resources due to traditional energy resources being finite.  Examples of non-finite energy resources include...  more