The Cyclical Nature of the Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry is famous for being a cyclical industry, due to the relatively short lifespan of semiconductor items, where technology becomes obsolete quickly when new and faster applications are developed.  Upswings in the industry occur when advances are made, causing high demand and short supply of the advanced products. On the flip side, oversupply

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Solar Reaching Grid Parity Levels in Many Countries Globally

Solar prices have been declining rapidly over the last 10 years, making the renewable energy source more and more affordable, globally.  According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), solar and wind power have already reached grid parity in a number of European countries, China, and the State of California (PV Magazine).  The key drivers behind

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Top Trends in the Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry has experienced a downturn this year, but that does not mean that individual markets are not thriving.  Demand for semiconductors in China, 5G communications, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things are just four of the key trends driving the semiconductor market in 2019. First, the strong market that is China is

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The Mechanism of Bioactive Glass

Bioactive glass describes a group of surface reactive glass-ceramic biomaterials.  These products are bioreactive and biocompatible, and are used in the repairing of bone in the human body which are broken or diseased.  The market is growing very rapidly, with new clinical applications being developed (Ceramic Industry).   Bioglass works through surface reactions once inserted into

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5 Myths About Solar – Debunked!

Myth 1:  Solar Panel Manufacturing is Environmentally Damaging Studies by the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) have shown that the payback period in terms of energy production vs. production cost is actually <4 years.  Aside from the relatively low cost of production and quick payback period, the NREL concluded that the average US household with

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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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