2012-08-03

TrendForce: China Solar Industry to Start Weed Out the Weak?

Affected by the bleak global economic outlook and the sharp drop in the PV prices, certain European and American companies could not survive in the price war started by Chinese companies’ low-priced products – German company Q-cells and Amercian firms Solynd.. more
2012-07-11

TrendForce: Taiwan Solar Firms Saw Revenue Hikes in June, PV Demand in Asia to Pick Up

According to EnergyTrend, the green energy research division of TrendForce, most Taiwanese solar companies’ revenues saw growth in June due to the short-time spot price increase and the stable demand. Although Germany’s subsidy cut continues to bring in rush .. more
2012-07-06

Analysis on Energy Storage System: Lighter and more Family-Friendly

With the increasing awareness of emission reduction, the development of renewable energies takes over the spotlight from the petroleum industry. The spectrum of renewable energy businesses now includes not only energy generation and energy saving but also energy storage system,.. more
2012-06-28

U.S. Solar Opposition to Tariffs Grows

By D.A. Barber Solar Trade War Background The highly controversial U.S .trade case against China began on October 19, 2011, when the U.S. arm of Frankfurt-based SolarWorld and six other U.S. solar manufacturers filed a petition claiming that Chinese PV co.. more
2012-06-18

TrendForce: PV Spot Prices Rebound, June Outlook Looking Up

In regard to Taiwanese solar companies’ 12’May revenues, according to EnergyTrend, the green energy research division of TrendForce, most companies’ shipments remained steady with utilization rates above 80%. Due to the preliminary ruling on the U.S. a.. more
2012-06-18

Sustainability becomes the “New Normal” for U.S. Utilities

By D.A. Barber On May 16, 2012, just two weeks after the official groundbreaking by MidAmerican SolarandFirst Solar, the first of nearly 9 million thin-film PV panels was installed on the world’s largest solar project currently under construction: The Topaz .. more
2012-06-06

Artificial Photosynthesis to Drive Solar Energy Technology Forward

Dr Dino R Ponnampalam Solar energy technology is based on the principle that energy from the Sun can be absorbed and then converted to generate electricity, a form that is useful to society.  This usable form is one significant part of the transition away from what h.. more
2012-05-30

Solar Energy’s Real U.S. Employment Impact

By D.A. Barber The role that solar energy can play in not just the total energy mix of the U.S. but also job creation has been addressed in a number of recent studies all of which project strong but varied rates of growth. But much of the assumptions were based on past l.. more
2012-05-28

Liquid Solar Cells: a New Phase in Solar Technology Development

Dr Dino R Ponnampalam The world is made up of matter, and matter can be divided into three phases: solid, liquid, and gas.  Our concepts are based on the world around us being one of those three states.  Now imagine if a specific object, with a particular and co.. more
2012-05-24

PV Costs Could Fall 40 percent by 2015

By D.A. Barber A report from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, says that the cost of a typical commercial PV system could fall 40 percent by 2015 and an additional 30 percent by 2020. The report concludes that PV costs are likely to contin.. more

 

SOLAR MARKET STATUS

Mono-Si Prices Have Kept Dropping and the Competition with Multi-Si Has Become Severe: Price Trend

This week, the price movements are mostly concentrated in the mono-si supply chain. Because there were sufficient inventories for mono-si .. more

RESEARCH

The New Phase of Top Runner Program Favors Companies Already Dominant in Application Bases and N-Type Solutions in Technology Bases

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has recently released the official list of proposed projects under the Top Runne.. more

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