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A few Sunday's ago, my analysis of the Chinese wind industry, which the respected publication, Renewable Energy World, published in 2012, made a cameo appearance in a 60 Minutes’ segment called The Great Brain Robbery, which report described the widespread practice of Chinese cyber hacking of American companies. My article — A Harsh Winter for China’s Wind Industry and Its Leading Company: Sinovel — was used as a Trojan Horse by Chinese cyber hackers, acting on behalf of a Chinese company, to gain access to the computer network of American Superconductor (AMSC), a publicly traded Massachusetts company.
One of the pleasures of covering China is the opportunity to encounter rich and colorful language. This certainly is due to the vibrancy of the Chinese language, but it also is a commentary on the heat that a given topic generates. Normally, subjects like wind turbine installations, feed-in tariffs, import/export statistics on solar products and other bread and butter developments in the renewable energy industry do not lend themselves to such literary heights.
As Jin Baofang, the Chairman of the Board of the Jinglong Group, a Chinese solar energy company and a delegate to the National People's Congress, recently said of the relationship between the Chinese economy and the economies of large consuming nations: "when nations that are large consumers sneeze, our manufacturers immediately catch a cold."
Over the last several years we have chronicled the meteoric rise of the Chinese wind industry, which has experienced an unprecedented ramp up in capacity since January 1, 2006, when the Renewable Energy Law of the PRC went into effect. At the ACORE RETECH 2010 conference earlier this year, which I co-chaired with Li Junfeng, the Deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, I half-facetiously joked that in wind equipment manufacturing the Chinese finally may have found an industry where runaway capacity development should not be feared. I thought that given the immense needs of the world for renewable energy, the Chinese had finally lighted on an industry where there was virtually no downside to unbridled output. No such luck.
With its vast and growing energy needs and low-cost manufacturing capabilities, China's forays into renewable energy are watched closely. This week a preliminary agreement between two Chinese companies aims to commercialize solar photovoltaic cells.
Chinese crystalline PV giants, Suntech andJA Solar, topped the rankings for PV module shipments and PV cell production in Q3'10, according to the latest quarterly report from IMS Research .
The European Commission has formally ruled to impose antidumping duties on Chinese solar panels, cells, and wafers, but is offering a short grace period of lower duties in the hopes of finding a resolution in broader trade relations.
After several months of relative quiet, Chinese solar panel makers are back in the headlines this week with another looming trade dispute in Europe. This particular story, and much of the industry’s woes over the last 2 years, stems from broader western allegations of unfair government support for Chinese panel makers. In this case China and the EU signed a […]
The Chinese IPO boom appears to be building on strong momentum. Reuters reports that 42 percent of Chinese companies are planning stock issues and over 50 have received approval and plan to go public in 2006. This is good news for clean energy. While investors have devoured shares of Chinese solar gear maker Suntech Power Holdings (NYSE: STP), clean technology IPOs out of China have been sparse.
European Union solar-panel makers lost a bid to exclude Chinese prices in a benchmark that underpins an agreement to curb imports from China, a blow to producers such as Solarworld AG concerned about a possible downward price spiral in Europe.