PV and wind power firms have protested Taiwan's proposed cuts to feed-in-tariffs (FIT) for 2019, with developers who are building offshore wind farms in the country claiming reduced rates would make their projects unsustainale.
PV makers disappointed by Taiwan proposed FIT cuts
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has set tentative feed-in tariffs (FIT) for renewable energy for 2019, with major cuts for PV power generation. The reduced rates are expected to deter investments in the PV sector.
US-based SunPower will sue China-based PV module makers for alleged infringement of its patents concerning shingled array PV modules, according to China-based solar mono-Si wafer maker Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor.
ITRI unveils green energy technologies
Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has unveiled four green energy technologies: A smart power grid, biogas production for power generation, an automated hydrogen fuel cell trial production line, and fast rechargeable aluminum batteries.
Taiwan's Bureau of Energy under Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has set tentative feed-in tariff rates for renewable energy in 2019, with PV and wind power seeing reductions by 2.92-12.15% and 8.06-21.59% from 2018 levels, according to MOEA.
PERC mono-Si solar cell costs dropping
Production cost for PERC mono-Si solar cells has decreased to a level lower than that for mono-Si solar cells, according to some China-based makers.
Motech to further cut workforce
Solar cell maker Motech Industries has announced it will lay off 916 employees in Taiwan over the next two months to cope with stagnant demand.
To accelerate the development of communication infrastructure for mechanical networking to support Industry 4.0 applications amid the lack of unified communication standards, Taiwan businesses in the fields of IC packaging and testing, LCD panels, optoelectronics, PCB and solar energy have rushed to...
China government examines renewable energy installation
China's National Energy Administration (NEA), in order to thoroughly inventory renewable energy installation nationwide, has undertaken retrospectieve examination of unqualified PV and onshore wind power-generating facilities not yet coming into construction, under construction or completed, including...
LONGi capacity expansion continues, says chairman
The largest China-based solar-grade mono-Si wafer maker LONGi Green Energy Technology, despite shrinking PV demand arising from the China government's controlling PV installation since June 2018, maintains original plans to expand production capacity for sucg wafers and mono-Si solar cells, according...
Thingnario uses AI to schedule PV module cleaning
Thingnario has developed Photon, an AI-enabled PV monitoring solution that can determine the best time for cleaning modules of power stations and rooftop systems.
URE adjusting business model, says chairman
United Renewable Energy (URE) has been adjusting its business model by planning to decrease annual solar cell production capacity from 2.5GWp to 1.6GWp and to increase that for PV modules to 1.6-2.0GWp mainly in 2019, according to company chairman Sam Hong.
Taiwan PV makers urge government to tighten VPC
Taiwan-based PV makers have requested the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) tighten VPC (voluntary product certification) examination of high-efficiency PV modules for use in power stations and rooftop systems to be established in Taiwan, in a bid to prevent imports of low-price solar cells or modules,...
Some China-based PV makers are shifting their solar cell focus from single-side P-type PERC mono-Si models to bi-facial ones, production for which is expected to increase significantly in 2019, according to industry sources.
SAS nets NT$4.35 per share for January-September
Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported net EPS of NT$4.35 (US$0.14) for January-September.
URE obtains NT$10.13 billion loan
United Renewable Energy (URE) has disclosed it has signed with eight local banks for a 3-year syndicated loan of NT$10.13 billion (US$329 million).
GET reports heavy loss for January-September
Solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has reported net loss of NT$3.372 billion (US$109.84 million) for the first nine months of 2018.
URE October revenues hit 31-month high
United Renewable Energy (URE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.935 billion (US$62.6 million) for October, the highest monthly level since April 2016 with growth of 89.25% sequentially and 52.14% on year.
TSEC October revenues hike nearly 88%
Solar cell and PV module maker TSEC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$318.6 million (US$10.3 million) for October, the highest monthly level since June 2018. The sum represents an on-month increase of 87.63% but an on-year decrease of 54.61%.
China polysilicon prices continue falling in October
Polysilicon prices in China have been falling, with prices for first-grade material dropping from CNY91,100 (US$13,335)/ton in early September to CNY79,800/ton at the end of October, according to Silicon Branch of China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has started polysilicon production at a new plant in Xinjiang, northwestern China, with initial annual capacity of 60,000 tons.
State-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) on October 22 kicked off first-phase operation of a PV power-generating station in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in central Taiwan.
Solar-grade quasi-monocrystalline silicon (mono-Si) wafers based on the manufacturing process of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) wafers can achieve over 95% of the quality of mono-Si wafers based on CCz (continuous Czochralski) process at production cost for poly-Si wafers, according to China-based...
New PV installation capacity reached 34.54GWp in China in January-September 2018, decreasing 20% on year, according to China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).
Vertically-integrated PV maker Tongwei expects to start production at a new polysilicon plant with initial capacity of 25,000 tons in northern China.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD monitor shipments grew 6.3% sequentially and 7.5% on year to reach 22.35 million units in the third quarter.
Taiwan LCD TVs – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments increased 11.4% sequentially, but down 3.1% on year to arrive at 8.52 million units in the third quarter...
Taiwan handsets – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's handset shipments increased 5.5% sequentially, but dropped 6.8% on year to come to 21.8 million units in the third...
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