Solar Media Editors' Channel

Solar Media Editors' Channel

By Solar Media
Our in-house editorial and events team and industry folk, experts and whoever else interesting we can bring you will discuss clean energy and renewables technologies and their place on the decarbonised planet. Phew.

Solar Media's publishing channels include Photovoltaics International, PV Tech, Current±, Energy-Storage.news and Solar Power Portal.
With roots in the semi-conductor industry, PV Tech has covered solar technology and business for over a decade as the leading online source of news and analysis.
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Solar Media Cast: New era solar tech, a global green recovery and what's new in storage
Solar Media's Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe return for the July 2020 episode of the Solar Media Podcast, starting with a rundown of the 500W+ module race that is shaping the next era of solar PV technologies. Elsewhere we uncover the policy decisions driving a green recovery in markets such as the US, India and the UK, and we learn what's driving recent moves within the energy storage market.  If you've enjoyed listening to this or indeed any other episode, then please rate, like and subscribe!
1:08:21
July 6, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Major movements in the US, the ever-greener grid and behind-the-meter evolution
Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe return for the June 2020 episode of the Solar Media Podcast, discussing first and foremost the previous month's activity in the US solar and storage markets. Also profiled in this episode are how the UK's grid is now greener than expected amidst lockdown, how behind-the-meter technologies are evolving and adapting, and the push for a European solar and storage manufacturing hub.  If you've enjoyed listening to this or indeed any other episode, then please rate, like and subscribe!
1:04:41
June 5, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Large-scale Solar Digital Summit in Review
In this special episode of the Solar Media Podcast, Liam Stoker is joined by Jo Wilkinson, Jose Rojo and Molly Lempriere to review all of the industry-leading insight and discussion that took place during the Large-scale Solar Digital Summit. We learned how the solar industry has responded to and moved beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, while also provide a deep dive on what hurdles remain for large-scale solar development. We also talk technology trends, ranging right the way through from bifacial panels to trackers and innovative design approaches, and pinpoint the key drivers behind markets including Iberia, Italy, the UK and Ireland. 
39:51
May 25, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Energy Storage Digital Summit in review
In this special episode of the Solar Media podcast, Andy Colthorpe, Liam Stoker and Alice Grundy re-cap the critical insight offered during the Energy Storage Digital Summit, held between 11 - 15 May 2020. A wide variety of topics were discussed throughout the online event, including the potential for long duration energy storage technologies, revenue stacking and the critical issue of fire safety. Andy, Liam and Alice run through those topics, detailing the key takeaways from the event's most popular and thought-provoking sessions. 
48:38
May 19, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Seismic shocks to power markets, drastic lows for LCOEs and what ‘Planet of the Humans’ is missing
Solar Media’s Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe discuss the continuing effects of COVID-19 on worldwide power markets, reflecting on IEA forecasts for historic energy demand lows and what they mean for renewables. There’s also talk of what new forecasts for record low LCOEs mean for solar and utilities, the advancement of energy storage and another difficult week for the PR teams of Elon Musk and Michael Moore.
1:05:54
May 1, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Clean energy’s COVID-19 fightback, power demand fluctuations and the continued rise of flexibility
Solar Media’s Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe record this month’s episode from their respective lockdowns, analysing what the spread of COVID-19 has meant for the global clean energy economy and, crucially, how renewables are responding. Also up for discussion in this episode are the ramifications of power demand fluctuations and the soaring importance of flexibility over capacity.
59:14
April 8, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Coronavirus contingencies, COP26 preparations, cutting-edge tech and the return of solar CfDs
Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe return for the February 2020 episode of the podcast, with Andy reporting from the show floor of PV Expo in Tokyo. Up for discussion in this episode is the clean energy economy’s response to coronavirus, how preparations are underway for November’s COP26 summit, the emergence of cutting edge solar technology and a much-vaunted return of solar to the UK’s CfD mechanism.
1:14:42
March 4, 2020
Solar Media Cast: Australia, Germany and the coal problem; and the Middle East’s evolving power grid
Andy Colthorpe and Liam Stoker are back reviewing the pivotal clean energy headlines from around the globe. Liam reports back from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi where the future of the Middle East’s power grid was up for debate before the discussion moves on to Australia’s bush fires, the nation’s relationship with coal and what ‘Scotty from marketing’ might be able to learn from Germany.
55:55
January 20, 2020
Solar Media Cast: How energy storage evolved in 2019, and 2020’s direction of travel
Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe take a look back at 2019, re-capping some of the biggest stories in energy storage while also predicting what the key trends for the energy transition in 2020 may be. 
39:12
December 24, 2019
Solar Media Cast: Big Energy's green drive, a long-duration storage bonanza and GE2019
Solar Media's Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe take a look at the rapidly increasing solar and storage commitments from some of energy's biggest names, discuss the rise and rise of long-duration storage and try and provide some sense to the UK's general election. 
54:11
December 11, 2019
Solar Media Cast: Much ado about Net Zero, Power-full collaborations and what’s new in energy storage
Solar Media's Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe are back for episode three of the Solar Media Podcast, discussing what's necessary for economies to reach net zero status - and, crucially, when that can be reached - while also taking a look at the recent spate of technology partnerships in the power sector. Meanwhile, Andy looks back at what's been a bumper month for energy storage developments worldwide. 
55:22
October 28, 2019
Solar Media Cast: The renewable States of America, climate protests and what's next for nuclear?
Energy Storage News editor Andy Colthorpe reports back from Solar Power International 2019 in Salt Lake City, Solar Media's editor in chief Liam Stoker discusses what's next for nuclear after EDF's latest Hinkley Point C update, and the two reflect on an important week for the climate crisis as Greta Thunberg inspires global protests, as well as the ire of a handful of detractors.
1:06:15
October 1, 2019
Podcast 27/08/19 - Blackouts in the UK and Tesla's travails
Energy Storage News editor Andy Colthorpe and Current± editor Liam Stoker discuss the headlines, causes and remedies for the blackouts which affected more than one million consumers in the UK in early August, and take a look at the latest episode to befall Elon Musk and Tesla. 
44:34
August 27, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: SolarEdge's first battery launch and how solar is 'now a real contender' in the fight against fossil fuels
Here's the extended audio version of our recent interview with Lior Handelsman, founder and VP for product and marketing strategy, talking for the first time in depth about the forthcoming launch of a battery system under the SolarEdge brand.  Lior spoke with Andy Colthorpe, Energy-Storage.news' editor, about how solar and storage can be competitive with fossil fuels, how SolarEdge is maintaining its own competitive advantage as well as some exclusive inside info on the company's forthcoming residential battery energy storage systems. The strategy behind the takeover of high power NMC battery maker Kokam and establishing a giga-supply chain, why NMC and not LFP and why, after a few years of caution, SolarEdge is now "all in" on energy storage. You may have seen the edited video version on the YouTube channel already, this is the 21-minute full chat, which goes more in-depth on the role of data in energy networks, which markets are moving quicker than you might expect to in adopting solar-plus-storage and the dual dynamics of cost reduction and value optimisation.  This interview feature follows on from our look at SolarEdge's '24 hour solar story' at the show, an AR experience demonstrating the power of distributed resources, a similar look at Hanwha Q CELLS' complete all-in-one home storage and energy supply package, which you can see on the E-S.n YouTube channel, as well as the Solar Media Editors' chat where UK editor Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe from E-S.n discussed what they'd seen around the show this year (Episode 1 of this podcast series).  
21:25
August 19, 2019
The shape of energy to come: Solar Media Editors' roundtable, Europe, 2019
Current± & Energy-Storage.news editors' Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe met up halfway through this year's Intersolar Europe / ees Europe to talk about what they'd seen and heard, and what we expect to see shaping the future of energy to come.  In the middle of 2019, with the clock ticking in the climate race, we try and make sense of a world in which renewable energy just means 'business as usual'. 
14:52
July 2, 2019