OCI cancels polysilicon supply contracts with Suntech
Apr 30, 10:39
South Korea-based solar material provider OCI has terminated two supply contracts with China-based Wuxi Suntech Power and one supply contract with Suntech International. OCI noted that the contract termination was based on Wuxi Suntech's insolvency and restructuring plan disclosed on March 20, 2013...
MEMS-enabled energy harvesting: Q&A with MIG executive director Karen Lightman
Apr 23, 14:12
Digitimes recently spoke with Karen Lightman, the executive director of MEMS Industry Group (MIG), about the use of MEMS for energy-saving applications. Lightman pointed out opportunities for energy harvesters – devices used to capture, accumulate and store energy absorbed from one or more natural...
Commentary: Foxconn can focus on solar end market applications
Apr 22, 16:19
Terry Guo, chairman of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), has mentioned that the firm wants to produce different kinds of solar products. Market observers believe Foxconn has strength in manufacturing, hence should focus on solar applications for the end market.
Digitimes Research: China 2013 rare earth mining targeted at 46,900 tons
Mar 29, 10:54
To prevent an oversupply of rare earth materials, China's 2013 rare earth mining target is only half that of 2012, at 46,900 tons. China's export quota has been around 30,000 tons since 2010 and the actual export volume has been lower due to falling demand from major customers in countries such as...
Commentary: Nuclear dispute creates opportunity for LED lighting firms
Mar 12, 14:02
Whether Taiwan needs another nuclear power plant has been under heated debate. As more people question the safety of a new nuclear power plant that is being constructed, LED firms should seize the opportunity to promote the energy-saving feature of LED lighting and raise awareness among consumers to...
Gigastorage hopes Taiwan government to increase annual solar installation limit
Mar 8, 10:59
The necessity of having nuclear power plants has been under debate recently in Taiwan. Taiwan-based solar wafer maker Gigastorage has suggested four ways that the government can take to address the country's energy issues: increase solar installation capacity, amend laws regarding the electricity industry,...
LED lighting can save 12.78% energy used in Taiwan
Feb 27, 15:54
If LED lighting is fully adopted in Taiwan, the country can reduce its electricity consumption by 12.78%, an equivalent to the combined capacity of two of its existing nuclear power plants, according to industry observers.
Philips green product revenues reach 45% of total 2012 sales
Feb 26, 14:49
Royal Philips Electronics has reported Green Product sales of EUR11.3 billion (US$14.76 billion) in 2012, marking 45% of total sales as the firm moves closer to its EcoVision sustainability performance targets of 2015. Healthcare drove the highest Green Product nominal sales growth with 36%.
Commentary: Does Taiwan need another nuclear power plant?
Feb 26, 11:52
Taiwan is building its fourth nuclear power plant. The main island of Taiwan is only 36,193 square kilometers and already houses three nuclear power plants - two of them in New Taipei City in northern Taiwan and one located in Pintung County in the south. Now, the government is eager to begin operating...
E-Ton Power Tech shuts down operations, says report
Newswatch - Feb 8, 10:30
Taiwan-based electrical motorcycle producer E-Ton Power Tech shut down its factory without warning on February 7, 2013 due to failed negotiations between the employer and employees on year-end bonuses, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Digitimes Research: New bio-technology helps to expand natural gas resources
Dec 7, 14:47
Due to the discovery of new reserves, the amount of natural gas in the US has increased rapidly, pushing the price to a historical low. Nevertheless, at the same time, the price of natural gas in Asia continues to be high. Bio-technological breakthroughs which can turn coal into natural gas is allowing...
UL provides Japan S Mark certification testing in Taiwan
Oct 22, 14:46
The government in Japan has been encouraging domestic home appliance firms to produce products that can save energy. Products that fit the requirements of Japan's safety measure, S Mark, can be subsidized by the government. This has been stimulating the growth of the battery industry. International...
Onshore wind converter market to encounter turbulence, says IMS Research
Sep 10, 10:27
In the global market for wind converters, nearly 80% of revenues in 2011 were attributed to utility-scale onshore projects, but are forecast to account for less than 70% of the total market by 2016 due to an expected decline in the US wind market and the growth of the offshore wind industry, according...
Solar technology needs upgrades, says China State Counsellor
Aug 20, 14:59
To face the growing challenges, the China government should aggressively increase domestic demand and upgrade the technology of the solar supply chain, according to Dinghuan Shi, Counsellor of China's State Council, who arrived in Taiwan on August 20 to join a cross strait industrial conference.
Taiwan to explore undersea natural gas
Aug 16, 14:13
The National Science Council in Taiwan has indicated that the government should develop low-carbon emission energy sources and reduce reliance on imported energy. The Council has announced a decision to begin an exploration to locate undersea natural gas.
China market: Poor-quality solar PV systems to cause future problems
Aug 16, 14:01
China has been actively expanding domestic demand of solar products due to trade barriers in US and possibly in EU. Nevertheless, industry sources indicated concerns that China's solar market has been filled with B-grade solar products or products with low efficiency. China's government may need to...
Commentary: India marks 1GW solar milestone with power outage
Aug 3, 15:50
For a country to begin and maintain industrialization, infrastructures such as railroad systems, highways, bridges, ports, buildings, roads, and most important of all, electricity, are necessary. India, one of the world's largest emerging countries has been growing at an average rate of 7.37% (from...
Germany likely to support anti-dumping investigation against China firms
Jul 23, 11:18
China's Ministry of Commerce announced on July 20 to begin anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations on imported polysilicon. At the same time, during an interview, Germany's environment minister Peter Altmaier indicated that to create fair competition, having an anti-dumping investigation is one...
ITRI, Taiwan battery firms jointly showcase STOBA lithium batteries in Japan
Jul 13, 14:11
To support Taiwan-based battery firms entering international markets, the Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has set up a Self Terminated Olygomers with hyper-branched Architecture (STOBA) exhibition area at the 2012 Techno-Frontier Show with firms such as E-One Moli Energy,...
Delta chairman announces retirement
Jun 20, 15:14
Delta Electronics chairman Bruce CH Cheng announced his official retirement in the company's shareholders meeting on June 19. Delta plans to hold the board of directors meeting on June 28 to elect a new chairman.
Commentary: Poland has potential to build a strong renewable energy sector
Jun 14, 15:45
Compared to countries in the same region, Poland seems promising. From the printed version of The Economist on June 9, Poland's latest GDP was 3.5%. This relatively high GDP only falls behind countries such as Russia, Turkey and Norway and it does not fall far behind. Nevertheless, the country...
Commentary: US, China renewable energy trade war continues
Jun 1, 11:29
Following the announcement of anti-dumping duties on China-made solar cells that range from 31-250% by the US Department of Commerce, more anti-subsidy duties have been levied on China-made wind towers. The anti-subsidy duties for China-based wind tower makers range from 13.7-26%, according to a May...
Computex 2012: Delta to showcase green-energy consumer products
May 31, 16:06
Delta Electronics will highlight its green-energy consumer products and integrated services under the theme of "Smart Green Life" at Computex Taipei 2012, with product lineups covering mobile power supply, LED lighting, video imaging systems and network applications.
China market: Energy-saving subsidies expected to boost sales of LCD TVs
May 23, 12:00
Although sales performance of LCD TVs in the traditional peak sales period in China in early May fell short of expectations, China-based vendors expect the government energy-saving subsidization program to be offered in the second half of 2012 to promote sales of LED-backlit LCD TVs through a 8-10%...
Delta April revenues reach over NT$14 billion
May 11, 15:56
Taiwan-based power supply firm Delta Electronics has reported consolidated April revenues of NT$14.707 (US$500 million), a 3% increase on year compared to NT$14.257 billion in April 2011. Nevertheless, the figure showed a 3% decrease compared to March 2012 revenues of NT$15.22 billion.
DelSolar debuts on TSE
May 10, 12:14
DelSolar, the solar subsidiary of Delta Electronics, debuted on Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) with IPO of NT$14.7 (US$0.50) on May 9, 2012.
Topper Sun debuts iPV tracker
May 10, 12:12
Topper Sun Energy Technology, a Taiwan-based maker of solar modules/systems and provider of integration services for solar PV installations, unveiled an in-house-developed smart sun tracker on May 9, 2012. The firm claimed that the "iPV" tracker can increase solar PV system power-generating...
Solar market imbalance to last through 2013, says Motech CEO
May 10, 10:34
The solar industry has been suffering the current downturn for over a year and has not yet seen the end of the tunnel and market imbalance is likely to last through 2013, said PH Chang, president and CEO of Taiwan-based solar cell firm Motech.
Industrial automation market shows signs of revival, says Delta
May 4, 10:23
The industrial automation market has been in a slump since second-half 2011 due to limited capital from China-based banks. However, the market has been showing signs of revival in March. Delta believes the overall revenues of the firm will continue to increase with the second and third quarters showing...