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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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: “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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