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Posted: November 20, 2008
New 'Photovoltaics World' Magazine Addresses Global Photovoltaic Solar Cell Manufacturing Industry
(Nanowerk News) PennWell Corporation, a diversified
global media and information company, announced today that it will launch
Photovoltaics World magazine to address the rapidly growing global
photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing industry. The first issue of the
bimonthly magazine will be published in March 2009. PennWell also announced
two new Photovoltaics World Exhibitions, to be held in the U.S. and Europe in
2010, in conjunction with the company's existing Renewable Energy World
Conferences & Exhibitions.
By 2020, about 50,000 megawatts (50 gigawatts) worth of photovoltaic (PV)
systems will be installed annually, up by a factor of nearly 20X from 2,538
megawatts in 2007. By 2010, as many as 400 production lines in the world that
can produce at least 1MW of PV cells per year will be in place, representing a
fourfold increase from about 90 to 100 production lines in 2007.
Photovoltaics World is a natural extension of the coverage of the
photovoltaics/solar cell industry by several PennWell brands, including Solid
State Technology, Renewable Energy World, Laser Focus World and Power
Engineering. "PennWell is in a unique position among publishing companies in
that we already have strong brands devoted to renewable energy, photonics and
solid-state devices," said Robert F. Biolchini, PennWell president and CEO.
Biolchini added that PennWell's Technology Group based in Nashua, New Hampsire
under Christine Shaw, senior vice president, will manage the Photovoltaics
World magazine launch. "Photovoltaics technology is all about bandgap
engineering and looking for ways to increase cell efficiency and reduce
manufacturing costs," said Peter Singer, Editor-in-Chief of Solid State
Technology. "Many of the latest advances have come from applying know-how
originally developed for semiconductor manufacturing, and we expect to see
more of the same."
In addition to a bimonthly print magazine, the Photovoltaics World launch
will include a dedicated Website and a weekly newsletter, PV Times. Coverage
for a planned circulation exceeding 20,000 readers will focus on solar cell
design and manufacture, including cells made of multi-, mono- and nano-
crystalline silicon, amorphous thin-film silicon, cadmium telluride, copper
indium diselenide (CIS) and GaAs. Multijunction cells and concentrator
technology will also be covered.
"With the PV industry poised for strong growth, Photovoltaics World
magazine will be a great addition to PennWell's renewable energy starting
lineup," said Richard Baker, vice president of PennWell's North American Power
Generation Group based in Tulsa. "Photovoltaics World magazine will be a
perfect fit with PennWell's Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo,
Renewable Energy World magazine and Renewable Energy World.com Web site,
further enhancing our role as the world's #1 renewable energy network."