Andreas Breyer

Oct 272014
 
Located in the southwest of Germany, the city of Stuttgart offers good conditions to harvest PV solar power. Still, only some 5% of all single and two family houses with good or excellent solar suitability are currently equipped with PV modules on their roofs. That leaves about 28,500 rooftops of private houses with good solar conditions that offer the opportunity to be equipped with PV panels. The local utility Stadtwerke Stuttgart now wants to raise this potential and has developed a...
Jul 072014
 
Worldwide, the level of newly installed PV grew by 20% last year and is expected to grow by another 20% in 2014; resulting in an estimated absolute growth from 37GW to as much as 50GW globally by the end of this year. In addition, by the end of 2016 the worldwide installed capacity of solar power is expected to double. In years past the growth took place primarily in Europe, but those days may be gone. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) outlines in its latest Global...
Jun 062014
 
One day after Automatica and Maintain, Intersolar Europe started on Wednesday on the Munich show ground. Taking place in the difficult PV environment in Germany, which was formerly the largest PV market in the world, expectations about the show that occupied eight halls instead of the twelve last year were more cautious than purely optimistic. The companies that survived until today do see a changed but still positive future. Still, visitors were crowding the halls on the first two show days...
Apr 282014
 
Energy cooperatives are nothing new in the German landscape of renewables. Several hundred of them are active throughout the country; a lot are dealing with wind power, many others with PV energy and some with a mix of both or even with a share of biogas. So far, however, these cooperatives have only produced and not actively sold their energy because the German FiT was profitable and the goal was to feed as much power into the grid as possible. As an interesting side effect of this situation,...
Feb 102014
 
Small PV installations with up to 10kWp will become even more important for the German PV market in the coming year. This is one major finding of the  market analysis of EuPD Research, which presented its analysis of the German market on Wednesday during their 7th German PV Market Briefing in Frankfurt. With a loss of 12% and 593MW installed these small systems experienced the lowest decrease in 2014 of all categories and accounted for an accumulated turnover of roughly one billion...
Nov 252013
 
Not long ago press trips in the solar business usually went to the newest cell or module factory or to the inauguration of a large free-field PV installation. Times have changed quickly and now self-consumption and the need to better integrate solar power into the grid are the focus. This is especially significant in Germany, where the government is now supporing the installation of stationary battery storage with new PV installations. This support comes in the form of discounted loans and...
Oct 032013
 
Battery+Storage and f-cell were held together in Stuttgart (Germany) along with a regional e-mobility technology day. Under the common theme, World of Energy Solutions, the event took place this week from 30 September – 2 October in the International Conference Center of Messe Stuttgart. 155 exhibitors showed innovative battery and energy storage systems, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and mobility solutions. The show was accompanied by a conference with 143 presentations. For the...