For renawables delivering direct current, the output current should be as 'clean' as possible since it has to be converted to AC. Siemens has just introduced an inverter topology taking care of this challenge.
Ever since the German government returned to the anti-nuclear energy policy of its predecessors, scientist, politicians and utility companies are trying to figure out ways of restructuring the infrastructure. In order to expedite this process, a new award for »intelligent energy« will be bestowed for interesting approaches.
In recent years, makers of PV products have invested heavily in new manufacturing equipment and additional capacity in an effort to increase their market share and establish themselves as a credible volume-supplier. Whilst this has fuelled the recent boom in the PV equipment market, it has also caused the significant over-capacity for device manufacture that now exists. As a consequence, market researchers predict that the market for PV manufacturing equipment will more than halve in 2012.