During the last five years, there has been significant change in the PV industry landscape, not in terms of the technology, but in terms of volume and application focus.
The industry has moved from megawatts to gigawatts and from unprofitability to higher then lower then higher margins.The market for PV systems is volatile, but the volatility is on the grid-connected side of the market.This article looks at the status of the off-grid part of the solar market.
Energy efficiency investments around the world have remained strong despite the global recession, commercial building executives told Johnson Controls in the company’s first international energy efficiency survey, which surveyed 2,800 executives and managers around the world. This year, the research also was conducted in China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
SanSca, a joint venture company between the Norwegian developer and supplier of PV solar parks and the Chinese renewable energy company Sanhe Group, today signed a historic agreement with Datang Renewable Energy Corporation. The partners will build a Green Energy Farm in Taonan, in the province of Jilin, consisting of 100 MW of Wind Power and 5 MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power, the latter as a part of China’s National Golden Sun Program. The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai with the Governor of Jilin and the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry present.
Further to the Jilin-project, SanSca and Datang Renewable Corp, part of China Datang Corporation, China’s second-largest power producer, signed an agreement covering the realization of 2500 MW of PV plants in the provinces of Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Ningxia and Sichuan in the period 2011-2016.
On May 25 and 26, a group of Norwegian solar energy related companies visited a number of PV plants in Yangzhou and Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The Solar Days were coordinated by Innovation Norway, NEEC and Intpow, and facilitated by Metallkraft AS, a NEEC member which is also based in Yangzhou.
The Ministry of Finance announced a trial plan in five cities to pay an EV and hybrid subsidy up to 60,000 yuan ($8,784) directly to the carmakers. Private buyers of the EVs will get a smaller 3,000 yuan ($440) payment from dealers, the ministry said on its website, according to commentators, paying most of the money behind the scenes to manufacturers is aimed to make the subsidies more politically palatable.
26 May 2010: The Chinese company, Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Group Co., Ltd, has opted for Arkema’s PVC production processes for its new plants to be located in Xining City, People’s Republic of China. As part of the cooperation agreement reached in November 2008 with Arkema, Aker Solutions will prepare the basic engineering for a 230 000 ton (kT) PVC Suspension production plant and a 35 kT PVC Emulsion plant.