Weekly News Update: “Bloomberg Predicts Wind and Solar will Power Half the World and Bag $9 Trillion Investment”, Renewable Energy World

Kelvin Ross reported on June 20th 2019 for Renewable Energy World that renewables (wind and solar) now are the least expensive option for adding power generation capacity in 2/3rds of the world.  Further drops in costs will see renewables powering nearly 50% of the global grid by 2050, and will get ~$9.5 trillion of investments

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Weekly News Update: “Feds Announce Tariff Exemption for Bifacial Solar Panels”, Solar Industry

Betsy Lillian reports for Solar Industry that the US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced a major update in the Section 201 trade ruling, namely that bifacial solar modules will be exempt from the tariff.  The notice was published by Jeffrey Gerrish on the 12th of June, and states that (1) bifacial panels, (2) flexible fibre

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Weekly News Update: “Solar Cell Defect Mystery Solved After Decades of Effort”, The University of Manchester

An article posted on the University of Manchester’s website reports that a team of scientists at the University have solved the initial degradation of solar cell efficiency.  Prof Tony Peaker explains that “during the first hours of operation, after installation, a solar panel’s efficiency drops [around 2%]”, a phenomenon known as LID (light induced degradation). 

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Semiconductor Trends in China

Picture of a semiconductor chip

Semicon sales by Chinese manufacturers are said to have reached RMB 653.2bn in 2018, about $97.3bn, or around ~20% of global semiconductor revenue for 2018 (The Register). China’s regime has been making aggressive moves to increase the amount of semiconductors produced locally, as they currently only produce 16% of its semiconductor needs, relying on imports.

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