IHS cuts global inverter market forecast in face of dramatic price drops

first_imgIHS cuts global inverter market forecast in face of dramatic price dropsDespite enjoying a 7% increase in shipments in 2013, the solar inverter market will contract by 9% as manufacturers are forced to lower their prices as competition increases and demand falls. October 16, 2013 Ian Clover Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The global market revenue for PV inverters will contract by 9% by the end of 2013, damaged by drastic price falls driven by an intensely cost-sensitive market, says analysts IHS Inc. Latest IHS data reveals that although shipments for solar inverter units will actually increase worldwide by 7% for the year, overall market revenue will fall to $6.4 billion – 9% down on 2012, when the global market was worth $7.1 billion. In July, IHS previously predicted a decline of 5%, but with average inverter prices now set to fall to $0.18 per Watt this year (down from $0.22 per Watt in 2012), the analysts have revised their forecast. “During the past few years, solar module makers have endured much more price pressure than the inverter suppliers have,” said Cormac Gilligan, senior PV market analyst at IHS. “However, module prices now have reached an inflection point and have begun to rise. This is having major ramifications for inverter suppliers, with price pressure having shifted to their segment of the business.” As the price pressures move along the solar supply chain, inverter manufacturers are now being charged with absorbing the costs. And in a crowded market already depressed by the elimination or expiration of government solar subsidies, inverter manufacturers have had little choice but to lower their asking prices. New markets for inverter manufacturersEurope’s heavyweight solar markets, chiefly Germany and Italy, have either removed or vastly reduced government subsidies, heaping further price pressure on inverters. IHS predict that combined inverter shipments to these countries will retract by more than 50% this year, falling to just 5.7 GW ordered, compared to 11.5 GW in 2012. “Total PV inverter revenue throughout Europe in 2013 will be down by 50% compared to 2011,” added Gilligan. “However, the number of inverter suppliers in Europe is largely unchanged. This will result in fierce competition and will prompt inverter suppliers to aggressively enter new emerging markets, such as South Africa and Thailand, in order to find new growth opportunities.” One area where the market appears more robust is at utility scale. IHS predicts that utility-scale installations will account for one-third of global demand this year, which is a slight increase on its 29% share in 2012. However, prices for large central inverters are also subject to intense price pressure and are expected to fall to $0.12 per Watt – a 16% drop. In the Asian market, this figure may even fall as low as $0.06 per Watt, which represents an ultra-competitive market and one that may deter foreign suppliers who lack a local presence. With an increasing number of projects being awarded through bids and tenders rather than via fixed FITs, these emerging markets are imposing even stricter price pressures on large central inverter manufacturers. “Tender and bid mechanisms place a stronger emphasis on upfront inverter prices, which are being lowered in order to win large PV projects, particularly in today’s highly competitive market environment,” said Gilligan. “In tandem with the very low prices for central inverters in Asia and smaller emerging markets, prices have decreased faster than predicted in European utility-scale projects as subsidies have been reduced and competition has increased. Even markets that attract relatively higher prices, such as the United States, are forecast to experience intense price pressure as new suppliers, mainly from Europe, enter the market.” Low power, lower pricesLow-power three-phase inverters up to 35 kW in size became even cheaper than average this year, reports IHS, due to a combination of the aforementioned market shrinkage and increased competition from suppliers releasing new products to the market. Chinese suppliers, in particular, have targeted the European market, swelling competition and forcing the average price down to $0.14 per Watt, a decrease of 20%. In the U.S., SMA and Power-One – the world’s largest suppliers of inverters – have entered the low-power range, a move that is likely to exert even more downward pressure on global costs. “IHS predicts that shipments of 20- to 35-kilowatt inverters in the U.S. will reach more than 200 MW in 2013, and new products from the two largest inverter suppliers will certainly help to drive this growth,” concluded Gilligan. “Pricing in this segment in the U.S. is relatively high compared to Europe, and it is likely that the presence of SMA and Power-One will contribute to American prices decreasing to European levels.”Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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No new anti-subsidy action on Chinese solar products

first_imgNo new anti-subsidy action on Chinese solar productsAs expected, the EU has effectively announced the summer trade deal will be used as a panacea for its subsidy and dumping investigations. EU manufacturers are sure to be disappointed by the announcement. December 2, 2013 Max Hall Finance Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The EU confirmed this morning that the minimum price agreement and export volume cap agreed with the producers of Chinese solar wafers, cells and modules in the summer will effectively conclude parallel anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations. The official EU announcement on Monday was not worded as such but effectively uses the agreement thrashed out by trade commissioner Karel De Gucht and his Chinese Ministry of Commerce counterpart in July as a blanket solution to the twin-track trade war. Today’s EU press release announced the provisional anti-dumping duties of 47.6% applied to Chinese solar products since August would be extended for two years from Friday as a definitive measure. But that hefty duty, which also definitively extends the provisional decision not to impose duties for the anti-subsidy aspect of the complaint by EU solar producers, does not in any case apply to Chinese manufacturers participating in the EU-brokered minimum price commitment and volume cap. No extra punishment on subsidies As predicted by pv magazine, the anti-subsidy investigation has concluded that subsidies were applied by the Chinese government in contravention of World Trade Organization rules but has decided no extra punishment be meted out in relation to this over and above the De Gucht trade deal. 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Rifle-toting man throwing “incendiary devices” at ICE detention center fatally shot by police

first_imgJason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images(TACOMA, Wash.) — A man armed with a rifle, flares and “incendiary devices” at an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington state was fatally shot by police early Saturday, authorities said.The unidentified man was allegedly throwing lit objects at buildings at Tacoma’s North West Detention Center on Saturday when he was shot following a confrontation with responding officers, Tacoma Police Department officials said in a statement released on Saturday.A worker first reported that a man outside the facility was armed with a rifle around 4 a.m., Tacoma police said.“It was reported the male was throwing incendiary devices at the Detention Center and then at vehicles in the parking lot,” the statement said. “A vehicle was set on fire. The male attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set out buildings on fire. The male continued throwing lit objects at the buildings and cars.”Upon arriving on the scene and locating the man, “officers called out shots were fired,” according to the Tacoma Police statement. “Officers noted that in addition to the weapon, he was wearing a satchel and had flares on his person.”Police did not immediately identify the deceased man, citing an ongoing investigation.None of the police officers involved in the incident were injured. They were not identified by name but police officials said that the four male officers involved were placed on paid leave per department policy after an officer-involved shooting.The officers involved include: a 45-year-old who has been with the Tacoma Police Department for 20 years, a 27-year old with four years on the force, a 28-year old with one year as a Tacoma police officer, and a 24-year old with nine months on the force.Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from the Seattle field office also responded to the scene, according to officials.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Biological Sciences – Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Position

first_imgPosition Summary Teaching both upper division and lower division biology and generaleducation science courses, as well as, engaging with undergraduatesin research courses. May also include teaching in the graduatebiomedical sciences program. Posting Details Teaching Responsibilities The Department of Biological Sciences at California BaptistUniversity invites applications for a full-time tenure-trackfaculty position. The appointment includes teaching both the lower-and upper-division courses at the undergraduate and possiblygraduate levels, including those that support a biomedicalcurriculum. Other duties include participation in departmentalprogram assessment, student advising, and university and communityservice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strongcommitment to excellent undergraduate teaching in a private,Christian environment and the ability to conduct a research programinvolving undergraduates. If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Preference given to candidates who have completed a PhD in biologyor a related field by August 2021 and have prior teachingexperience. Nondiscrimination Statement Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6314center_img Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Qualifications State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. * Are you a Christian?YesNo * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Position TitleBiological Sciences – Full-Time Tenure-Track FacultyPosition Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsCover LetterLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Letter of Reference 3last_img read more

IOP introduces spring fellows for 2008

first_imgHarvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School has announced its visiting fellows for spring 2008. The three fellows are Elizabeth Edwards, author and political advocate; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former president of the Republic of Latvia; and Andrew White, president and CEO of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.Edwards’ fellowship began April 8 (it ends today, April 10). As part of the fellowship, she delivered a public address at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on April 9. Vike-Freiberga’s fellowship will begin the week of April 14 and continue through the end of May, while White’s fellowship will occur the week of April 21.Visiting fellows maximize their time at the institute by interacting with students, faculty, and Harvard research center staff. They traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and share their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Kennedy School faculty.“This spring’s group of IOP Visiting Fellows is extraordinary for the breadth of public service embodied,” said IOP Director Jim Leach. “Elizabeth Edwards stands as one of the foremost women in American politics; Vaira Vike-Freiberga as one of ‘new’ Europe’s most distinguished former heads of state; and Canon Andrew White has served as the representative of the Church of England on issues related to Israeli-Palestinian disputes, and as a mediator in Baghdad on religious reconciliation approaches.”An author, political advocate, and wife of former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards has served as an accomplished attorney and as a tireless supporter of children and families, strengthening communities, and supporting many other important causes.As president of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to 2007, Vike-Freiberga was the first woman to hold the post and played a leading role in achieving Latvia’s membership in NATO and the European Union.White is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, vicar of St. Georges Church Baghdad, and Anglican/Episcopal chaplain of the International Zone Baghdad.Edwards, Vike-Freiberga, and White will join IOP spring resident fellows, who include Connie Morella, U.S. ambassador, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2003-07) and U.S. representative (1987-2003; R-Md.); Bart Peterson, mayor, city of Indianapolis (1999-2007); Lois Romano, political reporter/national politics, The Washington Post; Sile de Valera, member, Irish National Parliament (1977-81; 1987-2007) and member, European Parliament (1979-84); David Yepsen, political columnist, The Des Moines Register; David Zwick, founder and president, Clean Water Action (1972-2007).The fellows program is central to the institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities.last_img read more

Deaths and services for July 15

first_img Services for Lawerence Guidry, 66 are pending at Moody-Harris Funeral HomeSidney “Sid” Paul Clark, 86, of Nederland, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Broussard’s, NederlandServicesMr. Tavon Keith Clobert-Willis, Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ, Port Arthur 11 AM DeathsMichael Brian Hebert, Faith Harbor Assembly of God Church, Port Acres, 11:00 a.m. Michael Porter, age 54, passed away in Trinity, Texas on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Arrangements are currently pending with Dorman Funeral Home.Jaryd “Ginger” Arledge, 22, of Port Acres, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017.Harry Maurice Harbert, Port Arthur, TX, 73, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, services pending through Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, TXcenter_img Marjorie Aline Rhodes: Visitation will be Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. The interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.Randy Paul Adams: Visitation will be Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland, with the funeral service to follow at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

The Limits Of Nudging: Why Can’t California Get People to Take Free Money?

first_imgLinos and Rothstein believe our tax system is too complicated, and that we should make claiming the EITC, and filing for taxes more generally, much simpler. Linos says the good news is that other countries provide examples of systems that don’t require mind-numbing paperwork to file for taxes or receive government benefits. … … … Nudges are simple, low-cost interventions aimed at gently guiding people to make better decisions. For example, making retirement plans the default option when you join a job, which has been shown to significantly increase the likelihood you save more for retirement. The California Policy Lab and its partners decided it would try and nudge workers to claim the EITC by sending them letters and text messages. The solution seemed like a no brainer: inform people how they can get free money, and they’ll get that free money! If only it were that simple. … “We found a very precise zero effect,” says Elizabeth Linos, a behavioral scientist at UC Berkeley who was also behind the study. Many of those who received the messages, she says, did visit the website advertised in the messages to help them sign up for the EITC. But in the end, they didn’t fill out the forms to receive their credit. They turned down free money. “We weren’t able to increase the rate at which people file for taxes and we weren’t able to increase the number of households that claim the EITC,” Linos says. … The Earned Income Tax Credit supplements incomes through the tax code, awarding thousands of dollars each year primarily to low-wage workers with kids. But there’s a problem: a huge population of eligible workers fails to file their taxes and get the money each year. In 2018, the state of California and the California Policy Lab, an interdisciplinary think tank of scholars from various University of California schools, started trying to solve this problem, and they commissioned one of the most fascinating experiments in “nudging” we’ve seen in a while. A dark view of the findings might write off this population as doomed to poverty because of bad decision-making and self-destructive behavior. But psychologist Eldar Shafir and economist Sendhil Mullainathan suggest a more charitable lens, which they call the “psychology of scarcity .” Their research suggests the poor bear a unique cognitive burden that hurts their decision-making. They work long hours. They have higher stress. They’re consumed with thinking about paying their rent, getting their kids medical care, and putting food on the table. Shafir and Mullainathan find these stresses lower their “mental bandwidth,” and it might help explain why so many low-income Californians are turning down free money. Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Air Water Carbonic constructs new production centre for LCO2 and dry ice

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Dearman welcomes Clean Air Strategy

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