Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

first_imgSharp mulls China solar cell market entryJapanese electronics giant is preparing to expand into the Chinese solar market with an eye on supplying megasolar plants being planned across the country. Strategy could prove risky, experts say. August 26, 2016 Ian Clover Finance Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Under its new Taiwanese ownership, Sharp’s solar division has begun exploring international solar cell supply opportunities, and recently revealed that it is assessing the markets of the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia and across Europe. This week, as reported by the Nikkei, Sharp has also begun conducting market research into the viability of supplying into China – the world’s largest solar market and a traditionally difficult sell for the higher-cost components Sharp produces. With Hon Hai Precision Industry now the parent company, however, such bold steps are likely to become more commonplace. Its subsidiary, Foxconn Technology Group, has long seen the development of Chinese sales network as a viable target, and with Sharp’s strong brand already securing supply contracts for large solar projects in nearby Indonesia and the Philippines, there is hope that similar strides can be made in China. Earlier this year it was rumored that Foxconn may seek to unload the solar cell business following its Sharp takeover bid, but those plans have been shelved and now the emphasis appears to be one of globalization under the internationally recognized Sharp brand. Xiaoting Wang, solar technology specialist based in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) Hong Kong office, told pv magazine that Foxconn’s plan to lean on China in light of shrinking domestic demand is somewhat faulty logic. “Sharp’s hope for the Chinese market to provide respite from the downturn in Japan’s solar market is not likely to come through, because the Chinese market is already oversupplied by Chinese manufacturers,” Wang said. BNEF says that China has already experienced a 2016 installation peak, and could see new build solar fall by around 20% in 2017. According to the Nikkei, Sharp is also aiming to step up its marketing of white goods in China, marking a double-pronged approach. “Sharp’s white goods business model is only viable in markets where customers are willing to pay a premium for that specific brand name,” Wang explained. “That business model had served Sharp in Japan’s rooftop PV market, but it is unlikely to be effective in the case of China’s PV market, or, for that matter, most of the rest of the world going forward as PV panels are treated more and more as an indistinguishable commodity.”Popular content 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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Hamptons Happening To Raise Money For Research

first_imgThe 15th annual Hamptons Happening to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 6:30 to 10:30 PM at 900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton.Every year the benefit charms foodies with its array of dining options, and this year is no different. The new theme is “Tour de Cuisine,” providing guests with tastings from culinary destinations around the world. More than 350 guests are expected to attend.The honorees this year are Chef Honoree, Lidia Bastianich, founder of Honoring Generations of the Bastianich Family; Restauranteur Honoree, Ian Duke, owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Burger Bar, and Union Cantina; Fashion Honoree, desiger Nicole Miller; and Business Honoree, Antonella Bertello, owner of The Baker House 1650.“The proceeds generated by the Hamptons Happening help support more than 30 scientists who are some of the world’s brightest minds working diligently to develop a cure for cancer,” said Dr. Samuel Waxman, founder and CEO of the SWCRF.“The SWCRF seeks to award $1.6 million in new grants this year, and community support is critically important in this effort,” he continued. “We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers, and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible.”Hamptons Happening was one of the first charity events to offer tastings from both the South Fork of Long Island and bring in celebrated chefs from New York City. This year’s samples are by Attraversa, Backyard Brine, Baked by Melissa, The Baker House 1650, Becco, The Bristol, Candied Anchor, City Chefs Catering, Cutwater Spirits, Del Pesto, Felidia, Five Senses Catering, Haas Brothers, Harmless Harvest, Kurly Kurtosh, MarieBelle, Mercer’s, Otto, Owls Brew, Palm Bay International, Saaz, Simple Vodka, South Fork Bakery, Southampton Social Club, Super Coffee, Sydney’s “Taylor” Made, Splash, Union Burger Bar, and Union Cantina.The food might get guests to the tent, but it’s the research that fuels the passion.Since its humble beginnings in 1976, the Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has continued to uncover genetic and non-genetic changes that can cause cancer in the organs, in addition to blood-borne cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. The mission is clear: eradicate cancer through funding cutting-edge research. SWCRF has awarded more than $100 million to more than 200 researchers across the globe.Music this year will be provided by Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band (“The Billy Joel Tribute Show”), and DJ Jarrell Entertainment will offer up all-night dancing. “America’s Got Talent” finalist Caly Bevier, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at only 15 years old, will additionally give a special performance.The Hamptons Happening Event Chair is Marion Waxman. The event Co-Chair is Randi Schatz; Sponsorship Chair, Karen Amster-Young; Journal Chair, Erica Linden-Fineberg, and committee members include Chris Arlotta, Maria Fishel, Michelle Greenberg, Adi Heyman, Norah Lawlor, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Laurie Schaffran, and Jessica Wasmuth. The event producer is Elissa Held. Individual tickets start at $425, with a $200 ticket for young professionals. For tickets, go to [email protected] Sharelast_img read more