Energy Conversion

China, US and EU all launch action over pricing of solar panel raw materials

The EU is looking to investigate allegedly over-generous state bank loans to Chinese companies such as LDK Solar in Hefei, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

The Ministry of Commerce in Beijing has been asked to investigate European Union makers of solar panel raw materials for allegedly selling products at below-cost prices and benefiting from banned state subsidies.

Saturday, 18 August, 2012, 4:40am

Zero-risk incident at Guangdong's Ling Ao nuclear plant, but greens seek the cause

In its third operational problem this year, a Guangdong nuclear reactor's radiation sensors had been failing to pass on information to the plant's control room properly, the plant's operator revealed yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 3:47am

GCL shares tumble 8.2pc after loss warning

GCL Poly Energy, the world's largest maker of raw materials for solar panels - polysilicon and solar wafers - saw its share price plunge 8.2 per cent after it warned of a net loss in the year's first half, blaming weak demand because of Europe's sovereign debt crisis.

Analysts said the Jiangsu-based producer would struggle to return to the black in the second half.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:29pm

Man-made lessons for nuclear power

Weekly protests by thousands of people outside Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's official residence culminated earlier this month in the biggest anti-nuclear rally since the Fukushima disaster last year. Organisers say about 170,000 packed a Tokyo park to protest against the government's decision to restart the country's nuclear reactors.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Group meets police on national education protest

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Openness crucial to nuclear safety

China has no alternative but to develop nuclear power to pick up more of the energy load to drive rapid economic growth. But in addition to coping with the risks of nuclear energy, there is the matter of perception. Nuclear energy must be seen to be safe if the public is to have confidence in the country's nuclear power programme.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Daya Bay beefs up safety measures

The operator of the Daya Bay nuclear power station is completing the steps needed to strengthen its ability to cope with a natural disaster, its general manager says.

The station, just 50 kilometres north of urban Hong Kong, has been the focus of the concern in the city since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that sparked nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, Japan.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Approval of safety plan indicates end to hiatus on new nuclear plants

Beijing has approved a five-year safety plan for its nuclear facilities following a year-long inspection in the wake of Japan's nuclear disaster last year, prompting speculation that the central government may soon lift its moratorium on atomic power plant approvals.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Talks urged in solar panel dispute

Major Chinese solar panel makers, facing punitive tariffs imposed by the United States, appealed for a 'peaceful solution' as the Sino-US trade spat on renewable energy seemed to be escalating.

The Ministry of Commerce yesterday announced it found the US government provided renewable-energy companies with unfair grants prohibited under the World Trade Organisation rules.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Future's greener architect

Nature creates many wondrous things, but it never wastes anything. Fallen leaves end up fertilising the soil. Water is recycled in the atmosphere and falls back to Earth as rain or snow.

Local 'cybertect' (cyber architect) James Law has learned from nature. His designs are all environmentally friendly.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Spanish solar firm eyes China tie-ups

Spanish solar panel maker Isofoton, which expects European panel sales to fall due to cuts in government subsidies, aims to raise production capacity five-fold to 1.5 gigawatts in two years, by forming joint ventures in China, the Middle East and Latin America.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese solar firms hit by US duties

Chinese makers of solar power equipment saws their share prices tumble after Washington imposed tough new duties on panel parts exported to the US.

The decision to introduce duties of more than 31 per cent on the panel parts has raised Sino-US political tensions, with the Ministry of Commerce calling the decision unfair and damaging to the interests of both nations.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Solar panel maker eyes southeast for salvation

Beijing should roll out policies to develop the rooftop solar power market in coastal eastern and southern regions, the head of a leading solar panel maker says.

That would help relieve the loss-making solar panel industry's overcapacity, said Shi Zhengrong, chief executive of Suntech Power, the world's largest producer of panels.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Guantanamo trial starts for 9/11 accused

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fukushima tells us to look for safety risks, not learn by trial and error

Professor Way Kuo made a cogent case for the continued use of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster ('Beyond the fear and prejudice', March 11). He rightly urged caution in the rush to move away from nuclear energy out of fear.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am