Monday, October 13, 2014

Back posting, will be at SPI next week

It's good to be back posting! I have been busy working as a solar business development manager for an Australian construction and development company, Lend Lease. I continue to watch China's solar sector and companies. I will be in Vegas for SPI next week and will be writing about it.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

China Generates More Electricity from Clean Energy

China generated more electricity from clean energy resources in November amid efforts to boost the use of non-fossil fuel energy sources. Electricity generated from clean energy increased 20.3 percent from a year earlier to 74.8 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) in November, the China State Electricity Regulatory Commission said on Monday. Last month, hydropower grew 19.4 percent from a year earlier, while nuclear power rose 22.9 percent. Wind power jumped 54.2 percent year on year, the commission said. Meanwhile, the country consumed 887 billion kwh of clean power in the first 11 months of the year, accounting for 20.2 percent of the total on-grid power during the period, the commission said. The share represents an increase of 3.3 percentage points from the amount recorded at the same time last year. Hydropower generation capacity increased by 13.12 million kilowatts from January to November, while wind power generation capacity increased by 8.22 million kilowatts, the commission said. Authorities plan to increase the share of non-fossil fuels used for primary energy consumption to 11.4 percent by the end of 2015 in a bid to cut emissions, according to a government white paper.

JinkoSolar, Jinchuan Group Co-Backing, Developing 200MW Gansu PV Plant

JinkoSolar, one of the worlds’ top solar panel makers, along with state-run business Jinchuan Group are going to create a 200 MW PV solar farm in Jinchang, Gansu. The project will be one of the largest independently run plants in Asia, will help support three other thermal power plants in the area. The 2 RMB billion project will be on-line by June, 2013. “Jinchang receives large amounts of sunlight and has ample land resources, which make it very suitable for PV power plant development,” said JinkoSolar Chairman Xiande Li. “We are very pleased to cooperate with Jinchuan Group, a reputed SOE with international competitiveness. We are confident that our cooperation will aid in the development of a green future for the region and a sustainable return on our investment,” he said.

Yingli Green Energy's PANDA Module Ranks No. 2 in TUV Rheinland Energy Yield Test

Yingli this week announced that its PANDA module achieved great performance in the "TUV Rheinland 2011 Energy Yield Test", ranking the second best among all fourteen modules from eleven PV manufacturers in Europe, North America and Asia. All modules were tested under high temperature and low irradiation from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012. By comparing the average energy output per watt of all the modules, Yingli Green Energy's PANDA module emerged as the second best, which proved its stable performance under severe conditions. According to the test result, the electricity output of PANDA module was 0.6% lower than the top performer, 2.9% higher than the average level and 5.0% higher than the lowest ranking module. For example, a 30 kWp PV system in Germany using the "Yingli Solar PANDA" modules is expected to generate approximately 1200 kWh more per annum than using modules from the lowest ranking performer. The Company's multicrystalline PV module also excelled in the "2010 Energy Yield Test" by TUV Rheinland, ranking the second best amongst thirteen PV modules from eleven participating PV manufacturers from Europe, North America and Asia. "We're inspired to have continued our success in the TUV Energy Yield Test." said Dr. Dengyuan Song, Chief Technology Officer of Yingli Green Energy. "I believe that the exceptional performance of our products is attributable to our stringent quality control efforts and firm commitment of technology innovations." Note: The relative measurement of "TUV Rheinland 2011 Energy Yield Test" leads to a measurement uncertainty of +1% and -1.5%, which has to be considered when comparing the results of the participating products.

SMA Taps into Fast Growing Chinese Photovotaic Market through Majority Shareholder of Zeversolar

SMA Solar Technology AG, the global market leader for solar inverters, concluded a contract in Shanghai about the acquisition of a majority stake of 72.5 percent in Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd., a leading inverter manufacturer in China. Zeversolar offers products specially tailored to the requirements of the Chinese photovoltaic market. With this joint venture, SMA is securing access to the growing Chinese market and is strategically consolidating its position as global market leader. SMA plans to use the joint venture primarily to aid comprehensive operation in the Chinese market. Through this transaction, SMA can optimally meet local requirements. It has always been SMA's philosophy to carry out production locally should it be required by the conditions on-site. Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd., located in Suzhou (Jiangsu province), develops, produces, and sells PV inverters. It offers a range of products from residential PV systems all the way to PV power plants in the megawatts. The ISO 9001:2008 certified company carries out production in Yangzhong, has research and development facilities in Suzhou and Shanghai, and also has six sales and service branches in China. Zeversolar's enterprise value based on SMA's stake of 72.5 percent is CNY 319 million from which net liabilities are deducted in order to determine the purchase price. The purchase is financed with cash on hand. The economic start of the joint venture is planned for January 1, 2013. The transaction is still subject to approval by Chinese government authorities and the responsible anti-trust offices. E. J. McKay acted as the financial advisor, CMS as the legal advisor, and Deloitte & Touche as the financial and tax due diligence consultant to SMA. Zhenghan acted as the legal advisor to Zeversolar.

Clenergy's PV Mounting System Gains TUV Certification

China-based Clenergy says its PV-ezRack Trapezoidal solar mounting system has been accredited by TUVInterCert in Germany. The mounting system is designed for use on trapezoidal sheet roofs with thicknesses of 0.4 mm to 1.0 mm, Clenergy says. It is made of anodized aluminum, with an EVA waterproof tape on the bottom and self-tapping screws that enable it to be screwed into steel sheets without chipping. The system, which is supplied in its finished pre-assembled form, also comes with Clenergy's patented Z-module clips, which are designed to speed installation.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Suntech Solar Modules Shine in Desert Simulation Test

Suntech announced that its solar modules have passed the Blowing Sand Test based on DIN EN 60068-2-68 LC2 by SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The SGS test result confirms that Suntech's solar modules are suitable for solar installations in desert regions. "As solar energy proliferates around the world, it is critical to develop solar modules that can perform optimally in different terrains and environments. For our customers, passing the Blowing Sand Test confirms that Suntech's solar modules are well-suited for desert regions and can withstand high-velocity sand and windy conditions," said Dr. Stuart Wenham , Suntech's Chief Technology Officer in an official announcement. "Quality assurance is an integral part of Suntech's value proposition, and we pride ourselves on rigorous testing procedures to ensure that our customers have a product that can operate for 25 years anywhere on the globe." Dr. Daniel Deng , Technical Manager for SGS said, "SGS follows an internally developed test procedure and can customize specifications like sand homogeneity, sand concentration, sand shape and wind speed according to single selected deserts. We were extremely impressed with the quality of Suntech's solar modules and their ability to withstand the Blowing Sand Test that replicates the conditions of a heavy desert sandstorm. Endurance testing is critical in order to understand the reliability and longevity of solar panels in real world conditions." To determine the effects on solar panels of dust and sand suspended in air, SGS's Desert Dust Test simulates the erosion effects of high-velocity sand particles within dust chambers. Pulses of compressed air are blown through a manifold located in the bottom of a collection trough, forcing dust up and over the solar module. Suntech solar modules passed the maximum power determination, the insulation test and the wet leakage current test. State-of-the-art manufacturing and quality testing lies at the core of Suntech's business, which enables it to deliver high-quality solar products to customers at an affordable price. Suntech's quality control program features 52 tests and checks throughout the cell and module manufacturing process. Once fully assembled, all Suntech modules undergo a final performance test and are categorized based on power and current production. In addition, Suntech solar panels undergo the Combined Cycle Testing at its advanced testing laboratories that simulate long-term environmental stress conditions. Suntech's rigorous review process ensures that it delivers only the highest quality products to our customers.
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