PVinsights: China solar panels rebound offset by the correction in the US

Solar panel prices increase slightly with the partial increasing prices in lower-priced regions but the decreasing in the US. Upstream solar cells have surged more than 20% since October, but such increase in material costs did not reflect on the prices of solar panel that continue to squeeze the margins out of the makers. However, with the erosion of margins, solar panel suppliers in the lower-priced regions, such as China and India, eventually increase the prices successfully recently, but the increasing is still limited because the demand is not strong enough. Meanwhile, in the US, where solar panels are priced relatively higher, are being pressured, following the rising speculation of stagnate US demand and the uncertain atmosphere around the Presidential Election.

AEE Calls on Trump Transition Team to Modernize the Electric Power System as Part of Rebuilding Infrastructure, Accelerate Utility Business Model Transformation, and Allow Advanced Energy Technologies to Compete Wherever They Can Meet Objectives

Business group offers broad themes and specific recommendations for the new administration to consider as ways to promote secure, clean, affordable energy; new choices for customers; and robust investment and job growth

SGIP Gives Access to the OpenFMBTM Framework for Distributed Intelligence in the Grid

A new online collaboration site offers code, use cases, wikis, and a community of thought leaders.

FACTBOX: Energy Impacts of Trump's Surprise U.S. Presidential Victory: S&P Global Platts

While Trump has given few concrete details about his energy plans, his statements during the campaign indicate he would likely adopt policies that attempt to expand fossil fuel production, ease regulations on industry and roll back President Barack Obama's clean air policies.

Lithium Ion Batteries Account for 83 Percent of Newly Announced Energy Storage System Capacity, According to Navigant Research

Adoption of distributed energy storage systems, flow batteries, and hybrid battery systems is also growing, report finds

Self-drive delivery van can be 'built in four hours'

Jane Wakefield for BBC News:  A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London.

The vehicle's stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims.

The vehicles will be "autonomous-ready", for when self-drive legislation is in place, the firm said.

The government wants to see self-drive cars on the roads by 2020.

"We find trucks today totally unacceptable. Loud, polluting and unfriendly," said Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of Charge, the automotive technology firm behind the truck.

"We are making trucks the way they should be - affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe."  Cont'd...

SEIA Statement on Defeat of Florida Constitutional Amendment 1

Election returns show that voters in Florida have rejected the anti-solar Amendment 1 ballot initiative. Following is a statement from Tom Kimbis, interim president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the election results:

Energy from Waste in the Circular Economy - New Interview Released with Westminster City Council

SMi Group release new interview with Waste Service Manager, Jarno Stet, Ahead of his Keynote at the 9th Annual Energy from Waste Conference next month.

Zettler Group E-mobility Solutions

The E-mobility PDF was recently also prominently featured in the industry-leading AltEnergyMagazine publication.

UGE Works with Export Development Canada to Arrange Construction Finance Facility for International Commercial Solar Projects

UGE International Ltd. (UGE.V) (UGEIF) ("UGE" or "the Company"), a leader in renewable energy solutions for the commercial and industrial sector, today announces that it has arranged a construction finance facility backed by Export Development Canada ("EDC") to provide the Company with competitive construction financing for the development of its international solar projects.

By 2025, 84 Percent of Projects in the Grid-Tied Stationary Battery Energy Storage Market Are Expected to Be Financed by Third Parties or Utilities, According to Navigant Research

To advance in this sector, energy project finance investors need to understand the unique risks associated with battery energy storage systems, report finds

Is The Best Analogy For The Energy Storage Business--Eeek!--Hard Drives?

Michael Kanellos for Forbes:  The optimism in the energy storage industry is based on soaring demand, rapid technological advances, expanding capacity and, for some, what will likely be a scary competitive environment.

First, the good news. Lithium ion battery packs over the last ten years have declined faster than the cost of solar, said John Carrington, CEO of Stem, which makes behind-the-meter storage systems for hotels and other commercial customers looking to shave peak power costs, during a hallway meeting at Finance West sponsored by the American Council of Renewable Energy this week.

Solar panels have declined by 50% or more in the last five years. Batteries have declined by 80% in three years, he said. Battery packs hit the under $300 per kilowatt hour mark last December, Carrington added. By 2020, battery pack prices could drop to $190 per kilowatt hour. (In 2007, lithium ion battery packs in the wholesale markets sold for around $1,000 per kilowatt hour.)  Cont'd...

Moringa Biodiesel Breakthrough

ABC breakthroughs in Moringa oil Plantation, a new Moringa tree varietal, and a high-amount Moringa oils. ABC revealed that a new varietal of Moringa tree Seed had been developed after several years research and trials. This varietal has been named Maru-Moringa(MOMAX3) due to the location of its discovery. The MOMAX3 cultivar is noteworthy for producing a very high quality of Moringa oil with five times more quantity than available Moringa seeds variety.

IRENA Welcomes Paris Agreement as Strong Enabler for Renewable Energy Action

IRENA chief applauds rapid progress on climate action framework

PVinsights: Upstream Momentum gradually tempers

As the mid-stream wafer makers continue to recover the production, the surge in demand has successfully pushed up the price of polysilicon continuously this week. However, the scope of polysilicon price uptrend has become slower, as witnessed more conservative moves by Chinese polysilicon makers. Major Chinese polysilicon makers have expressed their concerns over the rising polysilicon prices as they found the demand recovery in the end market seems not that strong. Hence, after the rapid uptick in October, they intend to slow the pace on increasing the prices in order to have a more sustainable growth.

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