After talking about plans to further develop China’s solar power industry, the country may at last start to execute it according to the recent signals that come from JA Solar, a middle-sized panel maker; and First Solar, a leading manufacturer in the US. These two companies can offer a lifeline to the presently struggling solar industry and can also help in diffusing trade tensions with the US which claims that China is not fair in financing its industry.
JA Solar has recently announced that it has won orders to provide solar cells that will produce up to 160 megawatts of new power producing capacity for 2 domestic clients constructing projects in provinces such as Xinjiang and Qinghai. It was warmly welcomed by many investors, who bid up JA Solar shares by 3.5% in New York’s Thursday trade.
In another motivating development, First Solar has announced the employment of a Chinese veteran in the industry to supervise its operations in China including accountabilities for business development.
With such great news, this means that the two companies not only think that China is prepared for expansion and for constructing new solar power plants, but at the same time, it has a great opportunity to win a number of the businesses in spite of cost and home-field advantages that their Chinese rivals are enjoying.
LONDON — The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has conducted a study about the price of generating biomass power and concluded that competitive projects may produce electricity at a very low price of US$0.06/kWh. All over the globe, big amounts of forestry and agricultural become underutilized and IRENA says that utilizing such wastes as feedstocks to supply heat and power may cost less compared to electricity from the grid.
Based on the study, the overall installed price of biomass power production technologies differs considerably by country and technology. For instance, the overall installed expenses of stoker boilers were around US$1880 to $4260/kW in the year 2010, whereas the circulating fluidised bed boilers were around $2170 to $4500/kW, and the cost of anaerobic digester systems were approximately $2570 to $6100/kW.
The study discovers that the costs for maintenance and operations can create a n essential contribution to the LCOE or levelised cost of electricity and usually account for 9% to 20% of the LCOE when it comes to biomass power plants. But they may account for a lower percentage than this when it comes to co-firing and higher for plants that have extensive fuel preparation and handling as well as conversion needs.
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