Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Global Solar Energy rolls out most powerful flexible module to roofing industry

TUCSON, USA: Global Solar Energy Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) solar material, unveiled its flexible building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) module: the PowerFLEX BIPV.

Specially designed for commercial and industrial rooftops, PowerFLEX BIPV modules can deliver more power per rooftop than any other solar solution. With the PowerFLEX BIPV module, rooftops can quickly and cost effectively start generating clean energy.

“At Global Solar, we recognized that the building industry has not been able to fully optimize the real estate on the rooftop with solar solutions currently available”
Global Solar will showcase its PowerFLEX BIPV at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (25th EU PVSEC)/5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-5), September 6-9 in Valencia, Spain.

With 12.6 percent aperture efficiency, Global Solar PowerFLEX BIPV delivers the highest efficiency in the flexible module industry. The module has a large format (5.75m x 0.5m) and a high power density (300W) enabling it to outperform other flexible solar roofing solutions currently on the market, including 50 percent more energy and power than the current amorphous silicon standard.

Global Solar’s PowerFLEX BIPV module directly addresses the biggest concerns posed by the roofing industry regarding solar integration. It is lightweight and can be applied directly to a roofing surface, requiring no mounting hardware, no roof penetrations, and creates no additional wind load.

Designed especially for roofs, Global Solar’s PowerFLEX BIPV maintains the integrity and aesthetics of a building structure. Because of its large format and high power density, Global Solar’s PowerFLEX BIPV will also lower installation and balance of system (BOS) costs.

Although traditional glass solar modules are too heavy for many commercial applications, they have been one of the few options available to the building industry for solar energy generation.

Unlike conventional glass modules, which are heavy, rigid and typically installed at an angle on racks, PowerFLEX BIPV modules are lightweight and flexible, and installed flat directly on the roofing surface. This allows the modules to cover a greater amount of rooftop space that, depending on the location of the building, can equate to 50-100 percent more power and energy per rooftop than a tilted solar array. This advantage is particularly acute at higher latitudes.

“At Global Solar, we recognized that the building industry has not been able to fully optimize the real estate on the rooftop with solar solutions currently available,” said Dr. Jeff Britt, CEO of Global Solar Energy. “We worked closely with roofing professionals when we designed the PowerFLEX BIPV, and their experience mattered to us. Leveraging their input, we now offer a high-powered module that will create the most powerful rooftops in the world.”

Industry research is showing that the BIPV market is heating up. Lux Research reported that by 2013 the BIPV market will reach $5.7 billion. Solutions that will succeed are ones that meet the power, design and cost requirements set by the building and roofing industries.

SunPower solar technology selected for multiple US federal government facilities

SAN JOSE, USA: SunPower Corp. announced that SunPower world-leading solar technology has been selected for installation at several US government properties, including for the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Navy and the Air Force.

SunPower expects to create more than 1,000 local jobs during the construction of these projects. These contracts represent a minimum of 20 megawatts (MW) of new solar projects for SunPower.

"SunPower has worked with federal agencies since 1999, resulting in the installation of more than 20 MW of solar power systems at government facilities," said Karen Butterfield, SunPower's director of federal accounts.

"As a result, SunPower has the experience and credibility to successfully navigate the federal procurement process and deliver reliable, high performance solar systems that meet agency requirements. With the addition of a US-based panel manufacturing facility this year, we have also bolstered our ability to serve this growing demand."

Recent government contracts won by SunPower include the following:
* SunPower was selected by NREL to design and construct a 2-megawatt solar power system at the Department of Energy's new Research Support Facility on the NREL campus in Golden, Colo. The project will be installed at three sites, including a new ultra-low energy office complex, an outdoor parking area, and a parking garage.

Colorado-based SunPower Premier Dealer Namaste Solar is partnering with SunPower to install the systems. This project is being financed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.

* The General Services Administration (GSA) and general contractor Shiel Sexton selected SunPower solar technology for the 1.8-MW solar system that is under construction at the General Emmett Bean Federal Building in Indianapolis.

The project uses the SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile system, which integrates a high-efficiency solar panel, frame and roof-mounting system into a single pre-engineered unit. The T5 Solar Roof Tiles position the solar panels at a 5-degree tilt, for greatest energy production. Scheduled for completion in January 2011, the system will be the largest rooftop solar power system on a GSA facility. This project is being financed through ARRA.

* SunPower was one of five solar providers awarded an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract by Naval Facilities Command to deliver solar power systems to Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the southwestern United States.

Under the contract, SunPower will design, build, operate and maintain the systems, and sell the power to the Navy and Marine Corps under power purchase agreements. Projects may range in size from one to 15 MW. The Navy will have up to five years to award up to 40 MW of solar projects under this $200 million contract.

* Earlier this month, SunPower announced an agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS) to design and construct a 15-MWac solar photovoltaic power system at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona.

The system will use SunPower solar panels with the SunPower Tracker system, which follows the sun's movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land use requirements. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011, it is expected to be the largest solar power installation at a US government facility and generate the equivalent of 50 percent of the annual energy requirements for Luke Air Force Base.

Monday, August 30, 2010

KYOCERA to install solar power generating systems at all domestic manufacturing sites

KYOTO, JAPAN: Kyocera Corp. announced that it will install solar power generating systems using the company's own solar modules at six domestic plants by March 2011, generating a total of 593kW, as part of its activities to promote environmental protection.

This move will increase the number of Kyocera domestic manufacturing sites equipped with solar power generating systems to 10 — all of the company's manufacturing sites in Japan — and the number of global group company sites to 20.

Kyocera already has a number of solar power generating systems installed at its group companies inside and outside Japan, which combined with the new systems, will boost the company's total output to 1,815kW (1.8MW).

Among the six plants to be equipped with new systems are the Yasu Plant (Shiga), which is the company's new solar cell manufacturing plant; the Kitami Plant (Hokkaido), which mainly manufactures mobile phone handsets; and the Sendai Plant (Kyushu), which mainly manufactures ceramic components and ceramic knives. The six new systems are expected to generate 591,000kWh in total per year — equivalent to the annual power consumption of approximately 125 standard households.*

At present, Kyocera has solar power generating systems installed at 14 of its group company locations around the world — which is contributing to the preservation of the environment by helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

In Japan, Kyocera's solar energy field-testing facility — the Sakura Solar Energy Center located just outside of Tokyo near Narita airport — is equipped with a 43kW solar power generating system that was installed in 1984.

The system has continued to perform efficiently for over 25 years, and has provided unprecedented, long-term field-test data. In 1998, the company's new global headquarters was constructed in Kyoto with a 214kW solar power generating system installed on the southern-facing wall and roof.

In 2005, KYOCERA MITA Espana S.A. installed a solar power generating system on its facilities in Madrid. In the same year, the Kyocera Group's North American headquarters, KYOCERA International Inc. in San Diego, installed a solar power generating system built in the unique design of a grove of solar trees in the staff parking lot. The system generates electricity under the Southern California sun, while also acting as a shade to keep the sun off of cars.

Kyocera will continue to make contributions to the promotion of solar power as a solar module manufacturer and strive to reduce environmental burden in the course of its business activities by installing solar generating systems at more of the company's sites.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Six clean energy markets that will change life as we know it in next five years

NEW YORK, USA: Renewable energy is receiving a big push from the Obama Administration and from governments around the globe. Stimulus packages and government incentives for green technology have created jobs and established new industry, which in turn has sparked a brighter outlook on the world's economy.

Going into 2011 and beyond, SBI Energy has identified six clean energies that will not only gain double-digit growth in the next five years, but will also alter the lifestyle we know today.

Green Building Materials and Construction -- Traditional construction creates considerable debris which ends up in our landfills, soil and fresh water supply. Furthermore, inefficient materials used in construction produce higher energy bills for the homeowner.

The judicious use of recycled materials, lumber that is harvested from sustainable forests, more efficient insulation and windows, and improved construction techniques can drop energy bills for consumers while reducing the need for raw materials simultaneously.

Market research performed by SBI Energy forecasts the size of the global green building materials market to grow to over $580 billion by 2015 from about $160 billion in 2010. This represents a growth rate of 21 percent CAGR, which is significant, but understandable in light of increasing demand for products that save energy and minimize harmful environmental effects.

Enhanced Oil Recovery -- EOR refers to a variety of oil producing methods, by which 70-90 percent more oil is produced from oil wells than is typically extracted by conventional oil production methods. Some of the more common EOR methods include steam, gas or chemical injection, which improve the viscosity of the oil, enabling the oil to flow more freely out of the well.

More oil indicates lower prices. SBI Energy estimates dollars from EOR will climb steadily with some gentle fluctuations. SBI's analysts calculate the EOR market will experience a CAGR of 63 percent per year over the six-year span to total $1.3 trillion in 2015.

Solar Technology -- We've all seen the solar panels on residential home roofs and today energy providers are multiplying this concept by installing large solar farms and using concentrated solar power (CSP) technology to supplement power demands.

Electricity from CSP technology is generated like conventional electricity, except solar power is used to heat the boiler instead of fossil fuels. Global CSP installations are just getting started and SBI Energy expects to see real growth in the segment beginning in 2012.

CSP is the fastest growing segment within the solar technologies, going from $0.7 billion in 2010 to $3 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 42 percent for the period. Including systems and panels, SBI Energy sees the world solar market growing to $173 billion in 2014 -- a CAGR of 28 percent.

Offshore Wind Farms -- Coastal area will have a new view as nations increasingly harness the renewable energy generated by the fierce winds a few miles off their shorelines. During the next five years, SBI Energy expects offshore wind farms to crop up at a much faster pace than land-based turbines.

Leading manufacturers of turbines and components are riding the wave of production expected to result from growing interest in offshore projects, such as the recent approvals of Cape Wind in Massachusetts and The Offshore Wind Economic Development Act in New Jersey. Helping them accelerate their offshore initiatives are government cash and tax incentives that promote renewable energy development, particularly in Europe and the US

"States are leading the way in off-shore wind development because it spurs economic development, helps to stabilize energy costs, and moves our country towards energy independence in a sustainable fashion," comments Donald Carcieri Governor of Rhode Island.

SBI Energy forecasts the global market to grow at a five-year CAGRof 11 percent to reach more than $78 billion. The fastest growth will come from the UK, which will more than double its offshore market value to reach nearly $5 billion in 2015.

Electric Vehicles -- For years, the marketing and advertising from government and car companies alike have boldly stated that electric cars will take over the car industry "real soon now."

Now, electric vehicles, in the form of hybrids that combine both gas and electric motors, are finally beginning to do just that. The world populace is accepting hybrid electric vehicles, giving them equal weight as an option in their car purchases. Just how quickly this market will grow depends on several factors including gas prices, government incentives and vehicle price.

According to market research from SBI Energy worldwide hybrid electric vehicle sales will double from just under 700,000 units sold in 2009 to 1.5 million passenger hybrid vehicles sold in 2014.

Exponential HEV market growth will occur in smaller existing markets such as Europe, Australia and South Korea, and in new markets such as India and China where product sold will increase from 95,000 vehicles in 2010 to 440,000 vehicles in 2014, a phenomenal 47 percent CAGR.

Smart Grid Technologies -- Implementing and integrating all of the renewable energies is somewhat contingent on the upgrade of our existing dilapidated 100 year old electrical grid to a powerful sophisticated smart grid system. The smart grid can be seen in broad outline as an architectonic structure consisting of three major sectors: grid infrastructure; information and communications technology (ICT); and applications and software (A/S).

Despite consumer concerns over privacy and cost regulation, the smart grid will encourage clean energy production and ensure reliable electrical supply to the world through digital grid operation and a distributed network.

SBI Energy sees the global smart grid market soaring upward nearly 150 percent between 2009 and 2014, reaching $171 billion in 2014. Meanwhile, the US market is projected to double over the timeframe to about $43 billion by 2014.

SDG&E bolsters renewable portfolio with more solar and wind energy from California

SAN DIEGO, USA: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed and submitted for approval a second 20-year power-purchase agreement with an LS Power subsidiary to procure up to 45 megawatts (MW) of solar energy from the proposed Centinela Solar Energy facility, to be located 90 miles east of San Diego in California's Imperial Valley.

The new contract, combined with a 20-year agreement SDG&E signed in May for up to 130 MW of power from the Centinela project, will provide for a combined total of up to 175 MW of clean, renewable energy, or enough electricity for more than 60,000 homes.

"This contract reaffirms SDG&E's ongoing commitment to securing renewable resources for our customers in the San Diego region," said Matt Burkhart, vice president of electric and fuel procurement for SDG&E. "This will also help bring us a step closer to our goal of bringing in 33 percent of renewable energy by 2020."

Upon completion in 2014, the Centinela Solar Energy facility will send solar power to SDG&E's service territory across the Sunrise Powerlink, a 120-mile, 500-kilovolt electric transmission line which was designed to increase power reliability in the region and tap into the vast renewable resources of the Imperial Valley. When completed in 2012, the new power line is expected to carry up to 1,000 MW of electricity.

"This is an exciting time in the renewable energy market, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with SDG&E on this project," said John King, executive vice president of LS Power. "This expansion will not only create jobs during these tough economic times, but it also provides clean energy to SDG&E customers."

Under the new contract, which runs through 2034, the Centinela Solar Energy facility will employ photovoltaic technology on a 1,350-acre site near Calexico, Calif. At peak, the entire project will generate as much as 175 MW of electricity.

Last month, SDG&E signed an additional renewable contract securing 7.5 MW of wind energy from Coram Energy, LLC of Tehachapi, Calif. An application was filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on July 30, 2010. The Coram Energy facility is located in the Tehachapi Pass in Kern County, Calif. and began generating wind energy in June 2005.

These two new contracts combined add another 52.5 MW of renewable energy generated in California to SDG&E's portfolio. Both contracts require CPUC approval.

Salamon Group negotiates for interest in US-based solar energy company

LAS VEGAS, USA: Salamon Group Inc. has entered into negotiations to acquire a majority interest in an advanced solar technology engineering, sales and installation company based in Illinois, USA.

The targeted acquisition is a privately owned and operated company focused on development, sale, installation, and maintenance of advanced solar energy generation projects for both commercial and residential applications.

"The immediate addition of an operating solar business would be a significant step forward for our ongoing diversified alternative energy strategy," said John E. Salamon, President of Salamon Group. "We look forward to participating in all of the exciting solar sector developments and opportunities that lie ahead."

Friday, August 27, 2010

PV roadmap: A clear picture of tomorrow’s winning PV technologies

LYON, FRANCE: Making photovoltaics a low-cost source of clean and renewable energy is the main goal for most developed countries. Many of them have agreed on a 20 percent renewable energy target by 2020, and some already started to implement aggressive feed-in-tariffs to finance this objective.

But the question is how do we get there from what has been achieved so far? What would happen if governments partially stop financing the PV industry through incentive program cuts as in Germany for instance? Can today’s technolo-gies be competitive without the incentives or do we need technical evolutions, or even technical breakthroughs to get there?

Photovoltaic Technology RoadmapSource: Yole Développement, France.

Yole Développement has released its latest photovoltaic research study, named Photovoltaic Technology Roadmap, which presents and analyses the latest tech-nology trends in crystalline and thin-film solar cells.

The results were obtained as a result of a meticulous data collection process over more than 80 companies and R&D labs.

There is no doubt that the government incentive programs helped industrial to achieve, step by step, drastic cost reduction and performance improvements in a very short period of time but without real revolutions.

The photovoltaic (PV) industry has also seen the emergence of large scale production facili-ties, international R&D centres, and innovative equipment makers thus resulting in the im-pressive cost reduction Yole Développement knows. But if large production facilities can play the scale effect card to lower the cost of raw material and increase their yield, many other levers exist in order to reduce the production cost.

“In this PV Technology roadmap report, we describes all the different aspects linked to pro-duction cost reduction," explains Arnaud Duteil, Market & Technology Analyst at Yole Déve-loppement: from cell structure innovations to modification of manufacturing processes.

The microtech market research company describes all the existing technologies: From those developed by the University of New South Wales (UNS W), to the metal wrap through (MWT) concept developed by the ECN and industrialized with Solland, to the new emitter wrap through (EWT) technology being developed by Bosh Solar.

Conventional crystalline silicon cells could bump up against their theoretical maximum efficiency of 29 percent as soon as 2020. Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd, for instance, demonstrated ~23 percent efficiency with a 10cm² R&D unit of its heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) cells last year.

It figures that thinner surface contacts, better transparent conductors, and lower defect density can improve performance by several more percentage points, to likely get commercial efficiency up to about as close as practical to the theoretical limit within about a decade.

NACF anticipates bright future for China National Solar division

HOUSTON, USA: National Clean Fuels (PinkSheets:NACF) announced that its newly acquired subsidiary, China National Solar, has launched a new informative website and Facebook page.

The new Internet presence should provide the public with more detailed information about China National Solar’s mission of capitalizing on the explosive growth of solar technology in China. NACF management anticipates many new business opportunities in China, which is the fastest growing clean energy market in the world.

China National Solar concentrates its efforts on implementing profitable development partnerships that advance Chinese solar technologies. It focuses on acting as a consultant to growing Chinese solar technology companies as they expand manufacturing and distribution worldwide.

China National Solar is dedicated to capitalizing on financial opportunities from the emergence of China as a world class powerhouse in solar technology and manufacturing. The Chinese solar economy includes companies such as Trina Solar, Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy and LDK Solar.

2010 global PV demand analysis and forecast

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2010 Global PV Demand Analysis And Forecast" report to its offering.

Between 2000 and 2009, global PV demand grew at an average annual rate of 51 percent, rising from 170 MW to 7,059 MW. Despite this impressive rate of growth, the past two years have witnessed a fundamental and difficult market shift for manufacturers.

Previously, burgeoning European feed-in tariff markets enabled global demand to exceed available supply, driving up feedstock prices and attracting new entrants across the value chain. But the combination of an ensuing rapid capacity build-out and the financial crisis of 2008 and early 2009 shifted market power downstream into the hands of project developers and financiers.

Today, global manufacturing capacity greatly exceeds global demand. With an estimated total of 16.1 GW of module manufacturing capacity online by the end of 2010, the global PV market is no longer constrained by supply.

In addition, 2010 will mark the beginning of a global PV market diffusion. Over the past few years, PV demand has been characterized by a series of gold rushes in which the majority of production flows into a single uncapped feed-in tariff market (e.g., Spain in 2008, Germany in 2009).

But the gold rush is necessarily followed by the government reducing, and often capping, incentives in order to constrain market growth. This leads manufacturers and developers to seek the next gold rush, and new markets are suddenly flooded with additional inventory.

As Germany's star begins to fade in the second half of 2010, no individual market will emerge to soak up excess inventory in sufficient volume to become the singular focus of global demand. Instead, demand will become increasingly spread amongst a growing class of markets around the world.

Concentrating PV (CPV): New applications and emerging markets

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "CPV: New Applications And Emerging Markets - 2010 Technology And Market Analysis" report to their offering.

Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV) continues to generate interest and investment worldwide as a unique solution for large-scale commercial and utility-scale solar power generation. This report, building on research conducted in 2008 by the Prometheus Institute and GTM Research, takes a freshly detailed look at the specific technologies, applications, policies, early adopters and economics of low-, medium-, and high-concentration CPV.

Background to the research
Before 2008, you could probably count the megawatts of CPV devices that had been successfully installed on one hand. Limited mainly be the expense of high-efficiency solar technology, the market languished.

It was not until very recently that technical improvements in the core components of the CPV system, such as the introduction of the high-efficiency cell, improved optics, and solar tracking capabilities, allowed the first significant increase in concentration. The key cost drivers in this equation are concentration and efficiency. Low-concentration concepts use silicon or other low-cost cells.

High-concentration systems, on the other hand, may use more expensive multi-junction semiconductor cell material, which degrades more slowly when ambient temperatures rise and has more than twice the (cell) efficiency of traditional silicon-based PV cells, approaching 40 percent efficiency.

This reports classifies all types of CPV technology near commercialization and analyzes the market potential of each. At the current juncture, the most important challenge for CPV is to be deployed at the right scale with the best system design in the most suitable location. It is important to look at the whole system and to consider all the interconnections between the components in order to create an optimized system.

Dozens of new companies are springing up seemingly overnight, with almost 60 percent of the CPV developers now in business formed since 2005. Geographically, more than 50 percent of the CPV companies currently in operation are located in the United States (primarily in California), followed by Europe, with Spain being the leading country.

Recently, the total installed capacity of high-concentrated PV systems jumped to more than 19 MW. Nevertheless, this is still a very small number considering the fact that CPV technologies are unlikely to achieve low cost when manufacturing volume is small and only very few companies have installations in place.

Today, almost 90 percent of HCPV installations are located in Spain, mainly due to excellent support programs. Other locations such as the US and Australia have lagged in terms of installed capacity of HCPV, but this will likely change with the US market having the potential to overtake Spain in the near future, taking the recent project announcements of most HCPV developers into account.

Provided that CPV could become cost-competitive against flat-plate PV, CPV could become a viable alternative to flat-plate PV in these main markets in the near future. In the near-term, we expect that these primary markets, where policies and subsidies are in place that directly benefit CPV, to be the most active markets.

However, given the results of our LCOE analysis, we expect emerging markets like the Middle East and North Africa with high heat, high DNI, and relatively undeveloped solar installations will emerge as the most favorable markets for CPV installations in the long term.

Building-integrated PV (BIPV): An emerging market

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Building-Integrated Photovoltaics: An Emerging Market" report to its offering.

The segment of building-integrated photovoltaics is finally beginning to emerge in the marketplace after more than 20 years of R&D and fancy showcase projects, due to the vision of leading solar technology and material developers such as Dyesol, Schott Solar, Scheuten Solar, Sunpower, and Suntech.

Exciting new products that incorporate PV modules into actual building materials such as curtain walls, windows, and roofing shingles are now available from a variety of developers in the BIPV supply chain.

Earlier generations of PV for buildings utilized solar panels mounted directly onto the building roof with minimal aesthetic considerations. This concept was replaced by building-integrated PV systems, where the PV modules actually came to replace parts of the building envelope, providing functional considerations and lowering costs.

More recently, thin-film PV technologies have begun to enable the seamless integration of PV onto buildings, and will likely succeed in markets where their superior flexibility, minimal weight, and improved ability to perform in variable lighting conditions gives them a significant competitive advantage over conventional solar technologies.

The success of creating new BIPV markets will depend on many variables, including:

1. Concerted efforts by players in the BIPV supply chain to work together towards the design and integration of solar into the building envelope;

2. Costs in $/Wp, as well as the building industry's preferred metric of $/m2, of product and power availability;

3. Development of specific standards and building codes;

4. Availability of federal and local incentives to ensure cost effectiveness;

5. Added value for consumers and architects; and

6. Ease of production and the scale at which a production plant becomes economically feasible.

For some time, thin-film solar technologies have not been at a price point to make them truly competitive with conventional solar-based panel systems that are just slapped onto buildings, but this is changing due to the current round of incentive schemes.

We expect that thin-film solar technologies will soon play a significant energy role in both the applications and the markets in which conventional solar materials are currently employed, as well as in markets where conventional solar materials are unsuitable for various reasons, such as faades, roofs and window applications.

There is some confusion regarding the definition of BIPV within both the PV industry and the building industry. We define BIPV as building-integrated PV, which requires that the building team along the entire supply chain, including architects, building designers, engineers, building owners and utility companies, work together to design and build the photovoltaics into the buildings very skin as an element, from the inception of the project onwards.

BAPV, on the other hand, is defined as building-applied PV. In this process, the photovoltaics are a retro, added to the building after construction is completed.

In 2007, the publisher produced one of the industry's first reports on BIPV; this new report builds on and updates the 2007 study, focusing on the latest generation of BIPV products and detailing current and future markets for them.

The report is intended to serve as a valuable reference guide for all companies or parties currently involved in, or seeking to participate in, the global BIPV market.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

NXP IC enables up to 98 percent-efficient power extraction in solar PV apps

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS: NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced the availability of the MPT612 -- a unique low-power IC dedicated to performing the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) function for applications using solar photovoltaic (PV) cells or fuel cells.

Supported by a patent-pending MPPT algorithm, the MPT612 IC can deliver up to 98-percent efficient power extraction in applications such as solar battery charge controllers, distributed MPPT and micro-inverters.

The MPT612 from NXP can also be easily configured for a variety of DC solar charge controller applications using MPPT, such as battery chargers for portable devices and home appliances; railway and traffic signals; and street, garden and driveway lighting. The MPT612 is also ideal for non-storage-based electric motors for water pumps and fans.

"Compared to traditional PWM controllers, MPPT controllers can extract up to 30-percent more power from a solar PV panel," said Jan Willem Vogel, senior director, industrial applications marketing, NXP Semiconductors.

"Our expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal technologies has enabled us to develop a unique MPPT IC and algorithm that enables PV integrators to further improve efficiency across a wide range of solar cell and fuel cell applications, as validated through extensive testing over an extended period of time."

The highly flexible MPT612 solution from NXP is based on a low-power, 32-bit ARM7TDMI-S processor, which supports multiple serial interfaces including I2C, UART, SPI and SSP. The MPT612 features hardware functions needed in PV applications, including voltage and current measurement, as well as panel parameter configuration, and is able to send an output signal to control external switching.

To further simplify development and maximize system efficiency, the MPT612 is available with object files including NXP's patent-pending MPPT algorithm, an application-specific software library, and easy-to-use application programming interfaces (APIs).

The API for system configuration can set the topology for buck or buck-boost, enabling optimal battery charging even in tropical regions during the summer when PV MPP voltage can be lower than battery voltage. The MPT612 offers up to 15 KB of flash memory for application software, as well as three levels of flash Code Read Protection (CRP) to safeguard user-developed code.

The MPT612 is supported by development tools from Flashmagic, IAR, Keil and others. NXP will also offer an easy-to-use, comprehensive development tool kit.

The MPT612 is now available from major distributors.

Clear Skies Solar completes 340 KW project

MINEOLA, USA: Clear Skies Solar Inc. (CSS) announced the final stages of a 340 kW project in Teterboro, New Jersey and the initiation of a new 270 kW project, the combination of which will propel the Company past the first Megawatt milestone.

The construction recently completed, consists of 1482 Schott 230 modules with a rooftop mounted ballasted system and it is expected to produce approximately 390,000 kWh of electricity per year.

The Schott modules were selected to maximize the output based on the chosen roof configuration. At present, installation has been completed, with the only remaining work now consisting of final wiring to the inverter and final inspection and sign-offs. The financial structure of this project is based on a 20 year power purchase agreement, which does not require any cash investment from the client.

"We are very proud of our recent Teterboro, New Jersey installation and are happy to add this accomplishment to our growing portfolio of high quality, high production projects," commented Ezra Green, CEO of Clear Skies Solar.

"All of us at Clear Skies are pleased with the way our business model is developing this year. We have already completed almost 800 kW of installations and this additional 270 kW allows us to surpass 1 MW of installations," continued Green.

"We currently have over 20 MW of proposals outstanding and we are effectively reducing the processing as well as the installation times. We remain excited to be part of the solar business and look forward to continued successes."

Cypress, SunPower donation provides 322 KW solar power system at Second Harvest Food Bank

SAN JOSE, USA: Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and SunPower Corp. have announced a joint donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties valued at $1.1 million for the purchase of a SunPower rooftop solar system.

The 322-kilowatt (kW) system will be installed at the non-profit organization’s headquarters, located on Curtner Ave. in San Jose, Calif. It is expected to save the food bank nearly $3 million over the 25-year life of the system—translating into approximately six million meals for the local community.

“We are distributing more than 20 percent more food than last year at this time,” said Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Kathy Jackson, whose organization serves an average of 231,000 individuals each month in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. “The rooftop solar system so generously donated by Cypress and SunPower will help us to continue meeting the needs of our community, even if this trend should continue.”

“Second Harvest Food Bank is one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the country, giving $0.95 out of every dollar it receives back to the community,” said T.J. Rodgers, president and CEO of Cypress. “Cypress is pleased to help reduce the organization’s operating expenses so that it can focus on what it does best—feeding the community.”

“SunPower is pleased to support the Second Harvest Food Bank with its efforts to help end hunger in our community,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower Corp. “We hope this unique solar gift will shine a light on hunger, and encourage other businesses to support this worthy cause.”

The 322-kW system on the 1.4 acre roof at Second Harvest Food Bank is comprised of the SunPower T10 Solar Roof Tile and the SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile. Both solar roof tile products use SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panels that are tilted at 10-degrees and 5-degrees respectively to increase energy capture.

The T5 Solar Roof Tile integrates a solar panel, frame and roof mounting system into a single unit, reducing installation time and costs. The system will generate enough electricity to meet more than half of the organization’s electrical needs. System installation is expected to be completed in September.

Money earmarked for this project includes more than $700,000 that was raised by Cypress and its employees through fundraisers and corporate giving initiatives during the holiday food drive this past Fall. Since 1989, Cypress has donated nearly $5 million in cash and more than one half-million pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank, driving 19 consecutive victories for Cypress in the Food Bank’s Corporate Food Bowl Challenge.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UNI-SOLAR brand BIPV installed at Ameridian corporate headquarters

ROCHESTER HILLS, USA: United Solar, a leading global manufacturer of building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics under its UNI-SOLAR brand – and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices – and its partner Inovateus Solar announce the completed 80KW installation of its BIPV product at Ameridian Specialty Services.

Ameridian Specialty Services is a full-service general contractor specializing in commercial roof installations including UNI-SOLAR laminates. The installation was commissioned and went online August 4th at Ameridian's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"United Solar is very pleased to be working with Inovateus and Ameridian Specialty Services, and we're inspired by their enthusiasm to deploy solar energy in Ohio," said Chris Bala, United Solar's VP Sales Americas Central Region. "By installing it on their own headquarters they are demonstrating a strong commitment to help make Ohio a cleaner, greener place to live."

"Our 30,000 square foot facility is the perfect place to install this solar system. With the federal and state funds available, our payback will occur in just a few years," states Matt Owens, a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and director of operations for Ameridian's Solar and Renewable Energy Division. "Our business is installing these systems for commercial enterprises just like ourselves. It simply makes sense to invest in ourselves and lead by example. I'm looking forward to bringing clients here to see exactly how the system works," Owens states.

"We have really enjoyed working with everyone at Ameridian. I enjoy spending time with them on projects and seeing it through to the end," stated Peter Rienks, key accounts manager for Inovateus Solar. "I am very happy for them that they were able to take advantage of the Ohio incentives and save a lot of money on their own utility costs. Ameridian provided the highest quality installation for Dayton Power and Light and we are looking forward to working with them on many more mega-watts."

Inovateus Solar specified UNI-SOLAR flexible thin-film solar panels for the Ameridian installation. These panels create a lighter-weight, single-ply roofing membrane with modules that generate 144 watts each.

Recently voted one of the State of Indiana's Top Companies to Watch, in the past six months Inovateus Solar has completed the largest solar installation in the state of Michigan and Indiana and some of the largest utility grade installations in the Midwest.

Solar Semiconductor announces Sonepar Canada as a strategic distribution partner

SUNNYVALE, USA: Solar Semiconductor, a rapidly growing producer of high-quality photovoltaic (PV) products, which holds the brand "Solar Semiconductor," recently announced a strategic partnership with SONEPAR, a premium distributor of electrical and solar PV products in Canada and worldwide.

This strategic partnership will give contractors and installers access to supply Solar PV kits meeting the Ontario Domestic content requirement.

Nava Akkineni, executive VP at Solar Semiconductor, said: "We are excited to partner with SONEPAR to offer PV products to the market. SONEPAR has solid experience in catering customer needs and worldwide presence. With Solar Semiconductor's high quality consciousness and focus on building solar solutions, this strategic relationship will have great synergies and ability to maximize product opportunities.

"The co-operation with SONEPAR is an important step taken for the channel expansion of 'Solar Semiconductor' branded products and kits. With this partnership, Solar Semiconductor is expected to achieve significant market penetration in Canada coupled with exceptional customer service and streamlined transaction procedures."

David Rycroft, VP at Sonepar Canada, added: "We have been growing rapidly in the recent years in solar business and will continue that growth in the coming years. It is essential for Sonepar that we have a stable supplier of high quality modules, whose growth plans and product road map align well with our own development plans and requirements. In Solar Semiconductor, we have found a strong partner willing to listen and respond to varying requirements of our customers."

Grape Solar enters Arizona residential solar market

EUGENE, USA: Grape Solar, one of America’s fastest growing solar companies, has entered a mutually exclusive supplier agreement with Arizona Green Voltage Group LC.

Under the agreement, Grape Solar will provide Arizona GVG with its complete line of solar kits with break-through price in the residential market that few can rival. GVG will use those kits in its efforts to help Arizona households receive solar power. Grape Solar will be GVG’s exclusive supplier of solar kits for the residential projects for the next two years in Arizona that GVG already serves.

Additional items in the agreements are highlighted below:

* Grape Solar designates GVG as its exclusive dealer in Arizona for its full line high quality solar panels ranging from 175 watt to 300 watt panels.
* Grape Solar offers $2.79 per watt to GVG for Grape Solar’s pre-engineered solar kit that includes panels, inverters, and mounting systems.
* Grape Solar will offer its residential customers in Arizona, through GVG’s decade old installation experience: solar system design support, project due diligence support and project field support as well as rebate and incentive processing which could be as high as $2.50 per watt.
* GVG agrees to a strategic purchasing agreement with guaranteed volume commitment and pricing structure.
* GVG will receive priority supply of Made-in-America solar panels from Grape Solar at competitive prices.

Ocean Yuan, CEO, Grape Solar, said: "This partnership with GVG allows Grape Solar to expand our distribution of Grape Solar branded panels and kits and reach Arizona residential markets we would not otherwise be able to address. Arizona GVG is a leader in its own class that Grape Solar can confidently hand over our products to and refer customers for installations.”

Arizona GVG’s General Manager Ray Baxter applauded the agreement, “We have witnessed Grape Solar’s incredible growth in North American market in the past year. It is critical for us to have a stable supplier of solar panels so that we can keep our commitment to customers who rely on top quality products delivered on time. It is ripe for both of our two companies to further the relationship,” he added.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Solar Manufacturing receives order for new top loading vacuum carburizing furnace

SOUDERTON, USA: Solar Manufacturing Inc. has received an order for a specialized top loading vacuum furnace required by a major manufacturer of tube fittings, adapters, valves, filters and related coupling hardware.

Primary application of the vacuum furnace will be for the development and expansion of production carburizing techniques as related to the end-user’s products.

“The furnace is a Solar Manufacturing Model VTL-714-VC, top loading design with a work zone that measures 7.5” diameter x 14” high with a load capacity up to 250 pounds,” said Peter Reh, vice president of sales.

“The hot zone will incorporate a combination of Flexshield hot face backed by layers of graphite felt to allow for operation up to 2400oF with bake-out capability of 2500oF. The elements will be graphite rod placed in a vertical electrical wye configuration, and quenching will be accomplished via an external 10 HP cooling system," he said.

“The various gas flow controls systems are provided to accomplish the processing results dictated by the proposed applications, and the vacuum system included allows for controlled operation in the 10-2 to 50 Torr range,” he concluded.

MiaSole signs agreements with juwi Solar for additional 8.5 MW of PV modules

SANTA CLARA, USA: MiaSole, the leading manufacturer of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, announced purchase agreements to supply juwi Solar GmbH with CIGS photovoltaic modules.

The larger agreement is for 7.5 MW of MiaSole's CIGS thin-film modules and will be used in Q3 and Q4 of 2010 for ground mounted and rooftop projects throughout Germany.
This follows 1MW of CIGS modules delivered to juwi in Q2 2010 for projects in Germany and San Antonio, Texas.

"We are very encouraged that MiaSole is supplying its proven and bank financeable modules for a number of projects developed by juwi solar," said Lars Falck, Managing Director of juwi Solar GmbH. "We expect that our relationship with MiaSole will grow to help us meet the increasing needs for solar power together."

The MiaSole module incorporates a glass-glass design, suitable for the most rigorous snow load requirement and design features such as a low open circuit voltage and interconnecting cables that reduce owner's balance of systems cost versus comparable thin film modules.

"MiaSole is proud to be supplying panels to one of Germany's leading renewable energy companies, juwi solar," said MiaSole CEO Joseph Laia. "MiaSole modules are the cost effective solution for utility scale installations, both roof top and ground mount, and this is the beginning of what we hope to be a long term partnership focused on large scale solar deployments."

SCHOTT Solar, VE Group and Affordable Solar unveil New Mexico's largest solar array

ALBUQUERQUE, USA: SCHOTT Solar PV Inc., VE Group LLC and Affordable Solar Group LLC have unveiled New Mexico's largest solar array (1.1MW) on The Bell Group's headquarters' parking structure in Albuquerque, NM.

The project uses over 5,000 locally-made solar modules by SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing, with US headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The installation covers 5 acres of parking area and will generate over 1,600,000 kWh of clean electricity annually -- enough to meet 80 percent of The Bell Group's electricity needs.

This locally generated clean energy will avoid approximately 1,125 tons of CO(2) emissions annually, while the solar structures provide shaded parking for employee and visitor vehicles under the hot New Mexico sun. The project involved a significant number of jobs in the Albuquerque region by utilizing local manufacturers, contractors and subcontractors from various trades.

The project implementation team consisted of Affordable Solar Group, Albuquerque-based solar equipment distributor and project developer; VE Group (Valley Electric), the prime contractor with offices in New Mexico and Colorado; and VE Group's local and regional subcontractors including Coupland-Moran Engineers, US Prefab, National Roofing and others who together carried the project from conception to completion. The Bell Group's facility management team provided support throughout all phases of the project.

SCHOTT Solar employs 340 people at its Albuquerque facility, Affordable Solar Group 35 employees in Albuquerque, and VE Group over 50 employees in New Mexico and Colorado, many of whom were employed by The Bell Group's solar project.

"As a business, we're always looking for ways to reduce our costs, and our new solar installation is lowering our electricity bills with clean, reliable energy generated by a local, high quality product," said Alan Bell, Managing Director of The Bell Group, an Albuquerque-based industrial distributor. "It also helps us to meet our responsibilities as a business committed to environmentally friendly practices and the local economy."

"SCHOTT Solar is committed to being part of a strong solar industry in Albuquerque and the United States and this project is a great example of creating jobs along the solar value chain – from the manufacture of solar panels to their installation on the Bell Group's parking lot," said Gerry Fine, President and CEO of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc.

"Thanks to New Mexico's commitment to renewable energy, SCHOTT is creating good local jobs and a clean energy product that feeds back into Albuquerque to support the city's economy and environment."

"Solar projects like The Bell Group installation create great jobs drawing skilled tradespeople from a variety of construction disciplines. These jobs build up Albuquerque's clean energy economy and grow New Mexico's solar industry during this time when traditional construction projects are at a low point," said Mark Hensley, President of VE Group (Valley Electric).

"PNM (local utility) and New Mexico state incentives for solar make local solar projects like The Bell Group project economically feasible. Using Albuquerque-made SCHOTT Solar PV panels helped us keep the transportation-related environmental impact as low as possible while providing our client with a high quality product," said David Hughes, President of Affordable Solar Group.

AUO announces world's first carbon footprint verification on its PV module

HSINCHU, TAIWAN: AU Optronics Corp. has completed the carbon footprint verification on EcoDuo PM220P00, a multi-crystalline PV module, according to the international carbon footprint standard PAS2050. EcoDuo PM220P00 is the world's first PV module to have obtained carbon footprint verification, reaching a critical milestone on carbon footprint management of PV key components.

The product carbon footprint of EcoDuo PM220P00 refers to the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions, including the raw materials, manufacturing and distribution stages.

By tracing the carbon footprint, AUO verified that raw materials took up around 82 percent of total carbon emission, manufacturing about 17 percent and distribution approximately 1 percent, among which raw materials led to the most emissions.

The findings inspired the adoption of innovative energy and materials-saving and replacement concepts in the early stage of R&D for solar cells, so that the overall amount of carbon emissions as well as product carbon footprint could be reduced substantially.

Through continuous supplier training sessions, AUO developed the carbon footprint management program with its own e-system to collect suppliers' carbon footprint data.

The initiative significantly increased efficiency in carbon footprint management. When managing the carbon footprint of the next generation PV products, the database with detailed carbon data of the supply chain will enable AUO to rise as a leader among its peers.

"AUO's multi-crystalline PV module that garnered the world's first carbon footprint verification again proves AUO's determination on Green Solutions," said James C.P. Chen, Senior Associate Vice President of AUO's Solar Photovoltaic Business Unit.

"The key to acquiring the certification lies in the profound experiences in employing high-precision technologies, carbon footprint tracing, and power-saving innovations of TFT-LCDs to the solar modules. This demonstrates the AUO strategy to develop the TFT-LCD and PV businesses concurrently, leading the global industry with the most advanced green technologies from both respects," he added.

AUO has actively invested in the solar business from the upstream to downstream, presenting the most competitive "total solutions" with the quality material from M. Setek, high-efficiency solar cells from SunPower, and the various PV system projects.

In the future, AUO will continue to serve as the main integrator of the solar value chain, developing markets around the world with its partners of the industry chain.

The company is dedicated to developing low carbon products with its innovative R&D capability and mature supply chain management system to assure due care to the earth when providing the maximum benefits for customers and consumers.

AT&T enlists SunEdison to add 2MW of solar power in California by 2011

SAN DIEGO, USA: AT&T and SunEdison announced that SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, will expand AT&T's national solar initiative by activating a new roof top solar power installation in San Diego.

San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders, as well as executives from AT&T and SunEdison were on hand to officially flip the switch on the solar power system. In addition to this installation in San Diego, AT&T has contracts with SunEdison to deploy five other solar power installations in California by the second quarter of 2011, equating to approximately 2 megawatts (MW) of total solar capacity for all six sites. The additional California solar deployments will be located in Dunnigan, Commerce, Mojave, Santa Ana and West Sacramento.

The solar power installation in San Diego is a 296 kW rooftop mounted photovoltaic system that will generate an estimated 420,000 kWh of energy in its first year of operation alone. Over 20 years, the power installation will generate more than 7.7 million kWh of energy – enough energy to power more than 720 US homes for one year.

The environmental attributes associated with the solar power installation will avoid more than 8 million pounds of carbon dioxide during the initial 20 years of operation – the equivalent of taking more than 800 cars off the road according to SunEdison projections.

"Partnerships such as this one between AT&T and SunEdison show why San Diego continues to be the national leader in solar energy," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. "Our residents and businesses have embraced clean energy, which not only benefits our environment, but also our region's economy."

The program is made possible through a strategic power purchase agreement (PPA) between SunEdison and AT&T under which SunEdison will construct, monitor and maintain an additional five solar power installations in California. In return, AT&T will buy the energy produced from the solar systems to offset their grid demand.

Once activated, the six systems will total an estimated 2 megawatts of solar capacity and will generate over 3.2 million kWh of energy within the first year of operation. According to SunEdison projections, the environmental attributes associated with the six systems will avoid an estimated 62 million pounds of CO2 over 20 years of operation.

"We are continually seeking opportunities to add renewable energy resources to power our business operations, and this agreement provides more sustainable solutions for our energy needs in California," said John Schinter, director of energy, AT&T.

"SunEdison makes solar a reality for commercial clients throughout the world," said Brian Jacolick, general manager, Americas for SunEdison. "Through smart design, proven technologies and our strong financing capabilities, SunEdison helps clients like AT&T realize the benefits solar energy offers. "

AT&T recently released its 2009 Citizenship and Sustainability Report highlighting the company's progress toward up to $865 million in multi-year commitments for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs that help strengthen communities and stimulate economic growth.

Opportunities for new entrants in wind and solar power markets stimulated by projected growth

LONDON, UK: As the burgeoning wind and solar power markets continue to expand, industry value chains are looking to adopt measures to sustain anticipated growth. For many component producers, the market growth rate will translate into a need to increase existing capacities, build new plants and spread out to new geographies.

According to a recent study performed by Frost & Sullivan, titled Overview of the Investment Attractiveness of Selected Parts of the Value Chain: Wind and Solar Power, markets for certain components of the wind and solar industry will present budding opportunities for new entrants, as growth rates are expected to exceed present manufacturing capacity.

"The rapid expansion of wind and solar power installed capacity led to supply chain constraints when critical components became scarce. Fuelled by generous government support, component manufacturers were not able to keep up with market expansion rates," says Frost & Sullivan Research Manager in Renewable Energy, Alina Bakhareva.

"The crisis alleviated the strain to some extent, as some projects were delayed or put off, curbing demand. However, post-recessionary growth rates could make supply shortages reappear, thus component manufacturers have to expand their existing production capacities to reach new markets."

Many European and US-based manufacturers are setting up shop in Asia, in order to take advantage of cheaper labour and component prices. Also, with the number of consumers increasing in this region of the world, manufacturers recognise the advantages of placing production locations closer to areas of high demand. Both wind turbine and solar module manufacturing facilities have started appearing in low cost countries such as China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Some components and raw materials require deep technological expertise and extensive production experience in order to produce a competitive product, creating high barriers for new entrants. At the same time, there are other markets in which both experience and expertise can be rapidly gained, thus it is potentially easier for new manufacturers to enter or expand into these parts of value chain.

"The interest towards renewable energy industry has been mounting and while early pioneers have been able to take advantage of the high growth rates already, there are other manufacturers that are evaluating the sectors and pondering on entry strategies and product strategies that will allow them to start catering to this burgeoning market. "

However, a key restraint that may hinder these progressive attempts is the lack of assurance of government financial support. With national budgets overstretched and an increasingly high level of budget deficit in some countries, funding expended to renewable energy markets in Europe and across the globe may not be reliable. Component manufacturers must consider expansions carefully if the government support is reduced dramatically, to avoid being faced with overcapacities.

"While more mature markets, especially in Europe, are starting to reconsider the amount of support they can afford to channel into renewable energy markets, other countries are setting ambitious goals and putting a lot of effort into renewable energy market expansion. This re-balancing of the global renewable energy landscape and hot spots creates a need to diversify into new markets."

XcelPlus Global adds solar energy to its portfolio with Sunfield North America acquisition

DOTHAN, USA: XcelPlus Global Holdings Inc., an alternative energy and renewable energy solutions company, has acquired Sunfield Technologies North America Inc. (Sunfield N.A.), making XcelPlus the exclusive US supplier of Sunfield solar thermal collectors.

“This solar thermal collector is the key component of our new line of products to retrofit traditional hot water heaters to substantially boost their efficiency," said David Poston, COO of XcelPlus Global. "Sunfield thermal collectors are well known for quality and performance. These units are durable and efficient, and our installed test units have performed flawlessly. We are preparing to market and sell these systems throughout the southeast.”

Solar continues to be the number one technology supporting the movement to utilize renewable sources in energy production. State and Federal mandates continue to encourage the energy sector to use alternative/renewable sources. Thirty-two states have renewable production standards in place that require specific percentages of energy to be produced under these alternative guidelines. XcelPlus Global plans to seize the solar opportunity and capitalize on this business trend.

The purchase of Sunfield N.A. marks a diversification for XcelPlus Global, which has focused on purchasing, blending and selling non-petroleum off-take fuels primarily for industrial boiler applications. The company’s fuels business has suffered in 2010 due to the failure of Congress to renew the Federal alternative fuel tax credit.

China National Solar acquired by NACF

HOUSTON, USA: National Clean Fuels (PinkSheets: NACF) announced the acquisition of China National Solar, a company focused on the explosive growth of solar technology and manufacturing in China. The company expects China National Solar to give it a rapidly growing platform into the fastest growing clean energy market in the world.

China's journey to the future is powered by alternative energy. China National Solar is positioned to take advantage of the vast financial opportunities being created in this immense new marketplace. Beijing’s 2011 to 2020 Alternative Energy Plan involves 5 trillion Yuan ($736 Billion) of investment in new energy sectors.

Much like the 4 trillion Yuan stimulus package of 2008 which carried China through the global financial crisis, the new energy plan is expected to generate an assured market for solar, wind, nuclear and biomass energy companies globally. Most solar panels installed in the US are built in China already.

China National Solar will concentrate its efforts on implementing profitable development partnerships that advance Chinese solar technologies. The Company will focus on acting as a consultant to growing Chinese solar technology companies as they expand manufacturing and distribution worldwide. The new division is initially focusing its activities in Shanghai, Changsha, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou and also Dezhou – which is home to the country’s mammoth new “Solar Valley” project.

China National Solar will be dedicated to capitalizing on financial opportunities from the emergence of China as a world class powerhouse in solar technology and manufacturing. The Chinese solar economy includes companies such as Trina Solar, Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy and LDK Solar.

CNPV signs long term strategic partnership with Tamrag Power Group for Nepal and Bangladesh

LUXEMBOURG & DONGYING, CHINA: CNPV Solar Power SA, a public limited liability company organized under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products, has entered into a long-term strategic partnership agreement with Tamrag Power, a leading Nepal and Bangladesh project developer and supplier of renewable energy products, with over 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector.

Under the terms of this strategic agreement, CNPV will supply Tamrag Power with a total of 30MWp of high performance PV Modules from 2010 to 2012, which includes 5MWp of scheduled delivery during 2010. The remaining 10MWp and 15MWp are scheduled for delivery in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

"Tamrag Power have demonstrated their capability repeatedly," said B. Veerraju Chaudary, CNPV's COO, CTO & Member of the Board. "Their strategic vision, customer focus, attention to detail and their overriding quality of operation has seen them grow and succeed in a highly competitive market. The recent amalgamation of their highly effective organisations in Nepal and Bangladesh, and now the addition of our own local support functions, provides now provides a unified approach to the provision of high quality solutions in this region, and makes Tamrag Power and CNPV together, even more assured of further success."

Zhang Shunfu, CNPV’s CEO, was delighted by the news of this development. He said: "The choice of CNPV as Tamrag Power’s exclusive strategic partner makes us extremely proud. It further acknowledges our own endeavours are adding value to our customer’s goals, and gives us the opportunity to develop our Company and services further. It is only by working with credible, key industry players that we are able to rapidly responding efficiently to the dynamics of the market. Together with Tamrag Power we can continue to anticipate and provide the solutions that other solar companies omit."

"We are driven to be the best," iterated Rajesh Chaudhary, Tamrag Power Groups president and CEO, "Our strategy has always been about our actions rather than our words. We expect the finest of our people and our suppliers and we ensure that we deliver a preeminent service. CNPV, emulate our vision of business excellence and are a natural fit for our future."

Shah MD. Sazzad Hossain and Dipan Raghubanshi managing partners of Tamrag group summed up the alignment of the companies well. They added: "CNPV’s quality of service and provision of added value services made them the singular choice for us. Their range of high quality modules, priced correctly, has a diversity to satisfy all of our customers’ requirements. Their ability to provide leading edge technology has been exemplary. Outperforming all other systems and Companies, we are delighted with our choice and look forward to further developing the market, and providing new solutions together."

LDK Solar commences commercial production in second 5,000 MT train in its polysilicon plant

XINYU CITY, CHINA & SUNNYVALE, USA: LDK Solar Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers and PV products, has announced that its second 5,000 MT polysilicon train has completed the commissioning process and commenced commercial production.

This second train, located at the 15,000 MT Mahong Polysilicon Plant in Xinyu City, China, is expected to reach its designed annualized capacity within three to six months. This achievement should assist LDK Solar’s polysilicon facilities to achieve the expected production costs and annual capacity targets.

“We are very pleased to commence commercial production in the second train of our Mahong plant,” stated Xiaofeng Peng, chairman and CEO of LDK Solar.

“Lessons we learned and experience gained from the first train has been applied and allowed us to increase our speed of execution in commissioning and starting up commercial production of the second train. Quality of the polysilicon produced to date confirms the state-of-the-art technology implemented at our Mahong polysilicon facility.

“This achievement enables us to continue our progress in improving economies of scale, and is a clear demonstration of the hard work and commitment of our operations team. We look forward to continued success in increasing our polysilicon production to meet the growing needs of the solar industry worldwide.”

Bosch Solar Energy opens new cell production plant in Arnstadt

ARNSTADT, GERMANY: Bosch Solar Energy AG has formally opened its new crystalline solar cell production plant, the first phase in the extension of its solar production facilities in Arnstadt, Thuringia.

The new production facilities will enable Bosch to provide extra capacity of 10,000 cells an hour, which works out to around 90 million solar cells a year. That is the equivalent of the total output required to supply all private households in the nearby city of Erfurt with its population of just over 200,000.

In addition to cells, the new, 12,000 square-meter plant also includes part of the wafer production. Thus, with the completion of this facility Bosch Solar Energy achieved the first step towards an integrated factory which will unite all steps in the production process – from silicon ingots to finished modules.

Another important move toward an integrated cell and module production will be the completion of the module production facility next door over the coming months.

“We will thus cover the complete crystalline value creation chain down to the basic material of polysilicon. This not only guarantees optimum performance and quality from our products, but also enables us to leverage cost reduction and technology potential far more effectively,” says Holger von Hebel, Chief Executive at Bosch Solar Energy AG.

With this new plant, Bosch Solar Energy AG is looking to almost triple its nominal capacity to around 630 megawatts peak and thus provide a major boost to its growth strategy. The expansion of its facilities will be completed next year when the research and development center and the new main administrative building are finished. The opening ceremony for the whole complex will be held in summer 2011.

Bosch will have invested around € 530 million in this location by 2012. This is supposed to create a total of 1,100 jobs.

TUV Rheinland opens new PV test centre in Bangalore, India

COLOGNE, GERMANY & BANGALORE, INDIA: TUV Rheinland has opened its seventh laboratory worldwide in Electronics City in the Indian city of Bangalore for testing solar modules and systems.

The world leader in independent safety and quality testing for solar modules has invested €2 million in the new solar test centre, which in particular will offer services to India's growing solar industry. In this way, TUV Rheinland is filling a significant gap for Indian industry, which previously did not have access to large test facilities on such a scale.

The test centre has 2,000 square metres of space, including an outside test field of 500 square metres, with equipment such as five climate chambers and two sun simulators. This makes it one of the most up to date PV testing laboratories in the entire South Asian economic area.

"Our investment programme for the solar industry aims to place our services within easy reach of companies in and for all booming markets and to offer them large test capacities. India cannot be neglected here. In addition, all our customers can call upon the decades of expertise gained by our now 180 experts around the world to test and certify systems, modules and components", declared Friedrich Hecker, CEO of TUV Rheinland AG.

This is made possible by the extremely close interlinking of all seven of TUV Rheinland's test laboratories. This goes for both photovoltaics and solar thermal technology.

The new test centre located in Electronics City strengthens TUV Rheinland's service offering in India for solar power stations, encompassing planning, consulting, operation and maintenance. In addition, services will be provided for ensuring the quality and safety of modules and components, as well as monitoring production quality. When testing and certifying according to IEC and other international standards, the experts in the laboratory can make use of the latest test facilities.

Around 80 percent of all solar module manufacturers have their products tested at TUV Rheinland in order to obtain national and international certification. TUV Rheinland operates test laboratories for solar modules worldwide and aside from Bangalore, has test centres in Germany (Cologne), Shanghai, the Taiwanese city of Taichun, in Tempe, Arizona and two facilities in Yokohama (GTAC and SEAC) which recently expanded their accreditations and now include ANSI/UL 1703.

All laboratories comply with the latest technical standards, as they have been launched or modernised in the last 24 months.

"All our laboratories are working closely together and contribute to our global PV business. We are delighted about the opening of the new Indian facility which will enable us to cover the expanding demand and expected growth in the Asian region and continue to offer tailor made solutions that suit the needs of our customers", says Mr. Stefan Kiehn, Head of the PV testing facilities at TUV Rheinland Japan.

TUV Rheinland is a leading group for the provision of technical services worldwide. It has over 490 locations in 61 countries on all five continents. With a workforce of 13,850, it achieves a turnover of approx. € 1.2 billion a year. The guiding principle in the Group is sustainable development of safety and quality standards.

The motivating factor for TUV Rheinland employees is the conviction that without technical progress, society and industry cannot grow. For this very reason, using technical innovations, products and equipment in a safe, responsible manner is of decisive importance. TUV Rheinland has been a member of the Global Compact of the UN since 2006. TUV Rheinland is 140 years old and its headquarters are in Cologne.

Monday, August 23, 2010

ReneSola announces long-term wafer supply agreements totalling 836 MW

JIASHAN, CHINA: ReneSola Ltd, a leading global manufacturer of solar wafers and provider of solar module OEM services, has signed two wafer supply agreements to provide two major Taiwan-listed solar companies with approximately 836 MW of monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar wafers.

It signed a wafer supply agreement with Neo Solar Power Corp. Under the terms of the contract, ReneSola will supply NSP with approximately 293 MW of multicrystalline wafers from July 2010 to December 2013 and approximately 141 MW of monocrystalline wafers from October 2010 to December 2013.

The company also signed a wafer supply agreement with Solartech Energy Corp. Under the terms of the contract, ReneSola will supply Solartech Energy with approximately 402 MW of multicrystalline wafers from July 2010 to December 2013.

Xianshou Li, ReneSola's CEO, commented: "We continue to leverage the strength of our core wafer business in securing new long-term contracts with key downstream solar companies. Our competitively priced and cost-efficient wafers help to attract strategic global customers and are an important part of many companies' solar solutions. We remain committed to building our core wafer business as we strive to be the industry leader in high-quality solar wafers."

Universal Solar fulfills orders from new customer for $183,500

BEIJING, CHINA & NEW YORK, USA: Universal Solar Technology Inc., a developer of solar grade ingot, wafers and high efficiency solar photovoltaic modules, has produced, shipped and been paid RMB 1,246,000 (approximately $183,500) for shipments of 120,000 wafers to Sinodeu New Energy Co. Ltd.

Wensheng Chen, chairman and CEO noted: "We are pleased to complete these customer orders with production from our new factory. We have hired and trained 158 employees as of today and are ramping up production of silicon wafers and PV modules.

"We have completed testing of eight ingot growers, have obtained operating permits for our high pressure container to be used in our silicon ingots department, and have accepted delivery of water cooling system, multi-wire saw and framing machine. Our production facility will have annual production capacity 50MW silicon ingots, 20MW solar wafers and 30 MW solar PV modules."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Power-One achieves No. 2 position in global inverter market

CAMARILLO, USA: Power-One Inc., a leading provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions, has become the second largest manufacturer, worldwide, of power inverters for the renewable energy industry.

According to independent figures released by IMS Research, Power-One now claims 11 percent market share of the global photovoltaic (PV) market. In less than two years, Power-One has jumped from ninth place in 2008 to second at the end of the second quarter of 2010. In the first six months of 2010, Power-One has shipped over 800 MW of inverters.

"Based on the accelerated worldwide demand for our products, we are excited to have achieved this key milestone so quickly," said Alex Levran, President, Renewable Energy Solutions at Power-One. "We have been working hard to expand capacity to serve our customers' needs, while at the same time providing industry-leading inverters that generate high yields."

Two major factors helped Power-One achieve this new position. First, the company has witnessed accelerated sales of its products, based on technology leadership, higher ROI, ease-of-use and a strong distribution and post-sales network. Second, Power-One has increased production capacity by modifying its existing facilities and streamlining operations, meeting increased worldwide demand for its inverters.

Through a number of initiatives, Power-One has expanded the output of its renewable energy facility in Italy to supply current and forecast demand. Today Power-One has the capacity to annually produce more than 2.5 GW of inverters and will achieve a run-rate of over 4 GW by the end of 2010. Further, based on forecasts for continued demand of both its solar and wind products, the company has undertaken initiatives to expand production in both Asia and North America.

Power-One offers a wide array of inverters, ranging from 1.6 kW to 2.5 MW. The inverters are sold to the residential, commercial and utility-grade markets in both solar and wind. In addition, Power-One plans to launch a number of new products this year and in 2011, including a 700kW and 1.4 MW liquid-cooled solar inverter, as well as inverters specific to the North American and Chinese markets that meet content and geographic requirements.

Nanotech enters into definitive agreement with EPOD Solar

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA: EPOD Solar Inc. has signed a definitive stock purchase agreement with Nanotech Industries International Inc. for the reverse merger of the two companies.

NTII is a San Francisco based Company which manufactures and sells Green Polyurethane Binder and Green Polyurethane Monolithic Floor Coating, a green product line which is environmentally friendly, completely eliminates toxic isocyanates from polyurethane, increases quality and is cost competitive.

The company's technology is focused on the polyurethane industry and the floor coatings industry with a total addressable market for NTII of over $30 billion. The pervasive use of polyurethane in products worldwide has created serious environmental problems, health hazards, and accelerated the potential for major lawsuits due to the presence of isocyanates in polyurethane. Nanotech Industries International is the only company in the world to date that offers true non-isocyanate based polyurethane products.

Isocyanates are powerful irritants to the mucous membranes of the eyes and gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. According to publications from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Disease Control and the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the main effects of hazardous exposures to isocyanates are occupational asthma and other lung problems such as pulmonary edema.

In smaller amounts, isocyanates can also sensitize workers, making them subject to severe asthma attacks if they are exposed again. Death from severe asthma in some sensitized subjects has been reported. Sensitization may happen within days of exposure or take months or years to develop.

The previously announced stock purchase agreement entered into with Nanotech Industries dated January 31st, 2010 has been cancelled as of August 16th, 2010.

enXco and Solaria sign supply agreement

SAN DIEGO, USA: enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles company, and Solaria Corp. have announced a five-year global supply agreement under which module manufacturer Solaria will supply their patented solar module to enXco as well as a small equity investment from enXco in Solaria.

The agreement, which is a combination of a firm order and significant options, will enable enXco to execute on its growing portfolio of utility-scale solar PV projects in the United States and Canada.

“We are very pleased to have struck this strategic partnership with Solaria, as we believe they have developed a superior low concentration solar technology ideal for large solar tracking systems,” said David Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Solar Development for enXco.

“We have immense respect for enXco’s sophistication and EDF EN’s worldwide base of operations. As one of the most sophisticated developers of solar power plants and purchasers of solar PV modules, we are thrilled to be working with enXco,” noted Solaria CEO Daniel Shugar. “This investment by enXco further validates Solaria as a technology leader.”

Solaria modules are designed specifically for ground-mounted tracking systems and certified to UL1703 and IEC61215 standards. Based on patented low-cost technology, Solaria’s modules provide reliable performance while matching form, fit and performance of conventional PV modules.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Solar cell production capacity reaching 51 percent at year end as sales double

NEW TRIPOLI, USA: A massive increase in solar production with anticipated sales increasing more than 100 percent in 2010 is depleting inventory at a rapid rate, according to the report: Opportunities in the Solar Market for Crystalline and Thin Film Solar Cells, published by The Information Network.

Inventory levels rose significantly in 2009 as numerous economic factors kept solar cell production growth at “only” 26.5 percent, far from the average yearly growth rate of nearly 50 percent. Combined with a surge of new solar companies entering the market with thin-film-based cells, supply clearly exceeded demand, and inventory grew from an average of 71 days in 2008 to 90 days in 2009 (see chart below).Source: The Information Network, USA.

In 2009, our research shows that 7,116 MW of solar power was consumed, but plants worldwide had a capacity of 19,013 MW, bringing utilization levels to 37.4 percent.

For 2010, we forecast an increase in solar panel consumption to 14,389 MW. At the same time, new additional capacity will be brought on board to levels of 28,507 MW. This will bring capacity utilization to 50.5% and reduce inventory to 67 days on an average for all of 2010.

Solar power production will reach 30.7 GW in 2012, a CAGR of 51.1 percent between 2003 and 2012.

Forecast of Solar Module Installation in Megawatts (MW)Source: The Information Network, USA.

Natcore to return to China to present new technology

RED BANK, USA: Natcore Technology Inc., which in June formed a joint venture in Hunan Province that could make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional power, has accepted an invitation to return to China in order to present some of its other technology at a conference in Shandong Province.

Two Natcore co-founders, John Calhoun and Andrew R. Barron, will be keynote speakers at the Binzhou International Sustainable and Economic Development Conference, to take place in Binzhou from August 23 to 27. According to their invitation, Binzhou is hosting this conference in order to build relationships "with professionals, corporations and agencies who can set up joint ventures to develop sustainable and other kinds of businesses."

The 200 attendees, city and provincial officials who want to develop the Yellow River Delta, which includes Binzhou and neighboring cities, will hear 11 speakers representing businesses or educational institutions. Natcore was invited because of its success in establishing a joint venture in Zhuzhou City, a success that the Chinese would like to replicate in Binzhou.

Calhoun, a Director of Natcore, will describe some of the company's specific technical capabilities and their potential commercial applications. For example:

* A process using silicon quantum dots with the potential to produce super-efficient (30 percent+) solar cells;
* Techniques to craft unique sizes and shapes of solar cells that can be applied to a variety of surfaces, which could lead to unusual applications in architecture, mass transit, and textiles;
* A method for coating carbon nanotubes could evolve into flexible or fabric solar cells or into a cloth to deflect x-rays;
* A method for depositing a dielectric thin film on a flexible conductive substrate could allow roll-to-roll fabrication of thin film solar cells and other electronic and optoelectronic devices;
* A liquid phase deposition (LPD) process that can be used to control the emissivity of architectural glass surfaces or for passivating the surface of silicon solar cells.

Prof. Barron, the Charles W. Duncan, Jr.-Welch Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University, will identify the Rice Alliance, a Houston collaboration between business, government and academia, as a potential model for the development of Binzhou. He will also explain the technology behind Natcore's portfolio and its usage in clean energy, environment and health.

"While we're trying to find joint venture opportunities to accelerate Natcore's growth in our own country, we can't ignore opportunities such as Binzhou when they present themselves. We're a public company with obligations to our shareholders," says Chuck Provini, Natcore's president and CEO. "When someone approaches us about a joint venture, as they did before Zhuzhou City, we listen." Natcore is headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

Meter data management market to grow 300 percent by 2014

CAMBRIDGE, USA: GTM Research’s latest report, The Emergence of Meter Data Management (MDM): A Smart Grid Information Strategy Report forecasts the MDM market to grow from $54 million in 2009 to $221 million by 2014. The growth will come as planned smart meter rollouts occur and MDM vendors expand and enhance their product offerings.

The report defines MDM’s role in smart grid build-out and presents the necessary prerequisites for MDM’s success. The report’s analysis includes the best plans for MDM deployment and presents technology drivers and inhibitors. In addition, GTM Research profiles and ranks the top MDM vendors vying for this market, including eMeter, Aclara and Itron along with eight other technology leaders.

One of the initial hurdles to MDM’s breakthrough has been identifying the technology’s role and value to utilities. GTM Research’s report begins by presenting a definitive taxonomy of MDM’s core components— data repositories, enterprise integration platforms and enhanced smart meter functionality.

“Accelerated deployment of smart meters is driving demand for meter data management systems,” said Chet Geschickter, a Smart Grid analyst at GTM Research and the report’s author. “MDM creates an opportunity for utilities to build intelligent applications across the enterprise, but they need to adopt modern system designs including service oriented architectures in order to do this.”

GTM Research’s report ranks the top MDM providers in the US, positioning California-based eMeter at the top of the list. eMeter is most active in Texas and Ontario, where the company plans to roll out MDM systems to manage 6.5 million meters by 2014.

US-based Aclara and Itron are second and third respectively in GTM Research’s ranking. Other companies included are Ecologic Analytics, EnergyICT, Hansen Technology, NorthStar Utilities Solutions, Oracle, OSIsoft, SAP MDUS and Telvent.

“MDM vendors have a strategic opportunity to expand beyond core meter data management with additional features like consumer web portals and data warehousing,” Chet Geschickter said. “Their ability to work closely with utility customers is a key to growth and future success."

Trina Solar to supply solar modules to SunEdison

CHANGZHOU, CHINA: Trina Solar Ltd, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, announced that its subsidiary, Trina Solar (US) Inc., has signed a sales agreement to supply solar modules to SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.

Under the terms of the agreement signed with MEMC, Trina Solar is expected to supply SunEdison with approximately 35 megawatts (MW) of PV modules over the remainder of 2010. The modules are expected to be utilized by SunEdison for projects in North America and Europe.

"This collaboration once again demonstrates Trina Solar's ability to partner with leading US solar industry players to create effective PV solutions in the US market," said Sean Tzou, chief strategy officer of Trina Solar. "Combining Trina Solar's high-quality modules with SunEdison's leading solar project capabilities, helps our company to further increase market share, diversify our sales base and enhance recognition of our brand globally."

Carlos Domenech, president of SunEdison, commented: "We are pleased to add Trina Solar as a supplier for various SunEdison projects around the world. To be a world leader and trusted partner to our customers, SunEdison must maintain strong capabilities in project financing, engineering, high value procurement, and operations and maintenance services. To do all of that, it helps to have quality suppliers."

Suntech reports Q2 2010 results

SAN FRANCISCO, USA & WUXI, CHINA: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd, the world's largest manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar panels, has announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010.

Q2 2010 highlights
* Total net revenues were $625.1 million in the second quarter of 2010, representing 6.3 percent growth sequentially and 94.8 percent year-over-year.
* Total PV shipments increased 11.9 percent sequentially and 181.7 percent year-over-year.
* Gross profit margin for the core wafer to module business was 20.4 percent in the second quarter of 2010.
* Consolidated gross profit margin was 18.2% in the second quarter of 2010.
* GAAP net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares was $174.9 million, or $0.97 per American Depositary Share (ADS). Each ADS represents one ordinary share. The non-cash impairment charges and provisions related to thin film and Shunda had a negative impact of $1.00 per diluted ADS.
* Achieved 1.4GW of PV cell and module production capacity at the end of the second quarter of 2010. Suntech announced new capacity expansion to reach 1.8GW of PV cell and module production capacity by the end of 2010.
* Increased 2010 annual shipment target from 1.3GW to 1.5GW, which represents over 113 percent year-over-year shipment growth.

"The second quarter was another period of robust multi-market demand," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's chairman and CEO. "Strong operational execution ensured that we achieved our 1.4GW capacity target, which drove higher than expected shipment and net revenue growth."

"We delivered greater shipments to valued customers across Germany and other European markets including Italy, France, Benelux and the Czech Republic. Our investments into our North American expansion continued to bear fruit as we broadened market share and prepared for US-based manufacturing that will commence in the fourth quarter.

"We also secured supply agreements to several large, high profile projects in emerging markets including Thailand, India and Israel where our globally respected brand, reliable product performance and deep sales channels have provided a solid foundation to form new partnerships."

"Despite successful sales expansion and strong execution during the second quarter, our financial results bear the significant impact of our Shanghai facility restructuring and Shunda Holdings investment impairments. These were necessary adjustments to make, and they have no impact on our core manufacturing operations. Now that they are behind us, we are in a better position to address the growth we are expecting in our core business," Dr. Shi continued.

"With an outlook of ongoing growth in solar demand, we have decided to accelerate the next phase of capacity expansion and now target to achieve 1.8GW of cell and module capacity by the end of 2010. This will enable us to increase our 2010 shipment target from 1.3GW to 1.5GW to help support our growing global portfolio of Suntech customers and drive market share expansion."

Frbiz analyzes polysilicon market

BEIJING, USA: Frbiz.com, one of China's leading B2B search platforms, analyzes the polysilicon market.

In the second half of the year, the international price of polysilicon rose sharply. A number of listed companies have benefited from the rise in price. As downstream solar cell component demands soar, polysilicon material and products are in short supply. Prices have continued to rise. According to relevant statistics, the price of silicon has risen 30 percent since May.

In China's domestic market polysilicon prices have also risen and some downstream polysilicon PV module manufacturers cannot obtain a stable supply. Early this year, the polysilicon market was still a buyer's market, now it has transformed into a seller's market.

Polysilicon shortages and rising prices have helped some listed companies profit. The causes for the rise in price may have several reasons, but the photovoltaics market demand has exceeded all expectations, and China's domestic polysilicon production capacity is lower than expected. This, coupled with market speculation, is the main reason for this round of polysilicon prices rising.

The rise in polysilicon prices will not last too long, and shouldn't create an adverse affect on the market in general. Prices will stabilize in future and upstream silicon material enterprise profitability should be enhanced.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Suntech advances global management team with executive promotions

SAN FRANCISCO, USA & WUXI, CHINA: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd, the world's largest producer of crystalline silicon solar panels, has advanced its global management team through the promotion of six senior-level executives, including three corporate executives and three regional presidents.

"As Suntech enters its next phase of development, with mature operations across every major market and region, we are confident that we have the right team assembled to guide us along our journey ahead," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's founder, chairman and CEO. "The opportunities for Suntech have never been greater, and it's exciting that we have strong and passionate professionals eager to step up and take on more responsibility."

The following corporate executives will work across regions to enhance and promote Suntech's global operations and brand:

* David Hogg, former head of Suntech Europe, was appointed chief operating officer of Suntech;
* Hongkuan Jiang, former vice president of human resources, has been promoted to chief human resources officer of Suntech; and
* Andrew Beebe, former vice president of global product strategy, was named chief commercial officer of Suntech and will be in charge of global sales and marketing.

Suntech also made three key appointments to oversee and execute the growth of its three regional operations: America, Europe, and APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa). These executives will manage diverse regional teams - with scores of local engineers and business professionals - that are driving Suntech's expansion in markets around the world:

* Steven Chan, former president of global sales and marketing and chief strategy officer, has been appointed president of Suntech America;
* Jerry Stokes, former vice president of business development and strategy for Europe, has been appointed president of Suntech Europe; and
* James Hu, former vice president of Suntech APMEA, has been promoted to president of Suntech APMEA.