Here's a bit of good news for the beleaguered solar industry: Digitimes reports some Chinese...

Here's a bit of good news for the beleaguered solar industry: Digitimes reports some Chinese solar material makers have seen capacity utilization rates rise to 50% in October from a mere 20%-30% in September due to strong domestic demand. Moreover, Taiwanese suppliers have reportedly seen utilization rates rise above 70% thanks to growing Japanese demand. Both the Chinese and Japanese governments are pulling out all the stops (I, II) to boost local solar investment.
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  • IncomeYield
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    Forget about Moore's Law and start looking at the Laws of Thermodynamics.
    30 Oct 2012, 06:37 PM Reply Like
  • smarton
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    Not US. Who needs solar?? We got more wells than ever!


    The only thing that surprises me is the lack of attention on solar thermal, anywhere. PV is not the only way to do solar, and definitely not the most scalable way.
    30 Oct 2012, 07:58 PM Reply Like
  • David_Dundas
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    Apart from domestic solar thermal for pre-heating domestic hot water, solar thermal installations which drive electric power turbines is presently only economic for at least about 50 MegaWatts, whereas solar PV is only economic up to about 5 MegaWatts, but this threshold is rising as the cost of PV falls.
    31 Oct 2012, 05:20 AM Reply Like
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