Transforming Network Infrastructure Industry News

TMCNet:  United States : Grid Parity Vital to Ensure Higher Adoption of Green Semiconductors, Finds Frost & Sullivan [TendersInfo (India)]

[September 13, 2012]

United States : Grid Parity Vital to Ensure Higher Adoption of Green Semiconductors, Finds Frost & Sullivan [TendersInfo (India)]

(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) While solar power still reigns as the most favored alternate source of energy, this market is going through consolidation in terms of capacity and competition. As a traditional stronghold of solar photovoltaics (PVs), Europe has been battling a financially weaker eurozone, causing investors to shift their focus to other regions such as North America and Asia Pacific.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Market for Green Semiconductors, finds that the market earned revenues of $46.63 billion in 2011 and expects this to reach $104.32 billion in 2017 with North America accounting for 60 percent of that year s annual installed capacity.

As the solar market is oversupplied and its demand is unpredictable, the price per watt of solar power has dipped. This issue also highlights the loopholes in inventory build-up, sparking concerns about price shocks when demand flattens. However, the current consolidation and solar power s growing affordability open up more markets in North America, Japan and China.

Asia s rise as a thriving market for solar PV is a result of its expanding economy. Consequently, it has a higher dependence on imports to meet its energy needs. Most of its oil will be shipped from politically unstable regions, along vulnerable sea routes and complex pipeline routes that cross several national borders. These hurdles are forcing the region to turn to alternate sources of energy such as solar PV.

Even though solar power will reach grid parity by 2015, power and grid management will continue to pose problems to utility owners. Therefore, many countries are working on installing smart grids and generating opportunities for distributed energy production through solar PV.

"Most market participants are increasing fab capacity to ensure that once grid parity is attained, market demand will be met and a high economy of scale will compensate for the low cost/watt of production, said Frost & Sullivan Research Associate Shahul Nath. "Standardization among the panels will also enable electrical components to reduce costs and enable grid parity." Until grid parity can be achieved, the slow pace of smart grid technology adoption could lead to market saturation. This is because traditional grids are incapable of controlling and managing solar power due to its unpredictability in power delivery. Other macro-economic issues, such as tightening liquidity markets and budget cuts, will also bog down the market.

(c) 2012 Euclid Infotech Pvt. Ltd. Provided by an company

[ Back To Transforming Network Infrastructure's Homepage ]

Featured Blog Entries

The History of Fiber in Data Centers, Part II

As I stated at the close of "The History of Data Centers, Part I," Fiber Mountain™ believes data centers must evolve from hub and spoke architecture—in which traffic is aggregated and delivered to a central hub—to a design that includes many direct connections.

Three Things Your Boss Wants—No, Needs—To Know About Glass Core

Fiber Mountain™ CEO and Founder— plus my longtime friend—M.H. Raza does a terrific job on this blog of explaining how our Glass Core™ architecture transforms the way data centers build their network infrastructure.

The History of Fiber in Data Centers, Part I: Past and Present

Fiber Mountain, as our company name suggests, believes fiber cabling must play a central role in helping data centers scale affordably as bandwidth needs continue to grow. Before I go further down the path to the future, however, I want to back up and provide a high-level history of fiber in the data center.

Four Reasons to Make the Leap to SDN in Your Data Center

I'm always fascinated by what causes a business trend to emerge, grow and sometimes expand to actually redefining the industry as a whole. Having spent years in the technology field, I've found the networking sector particularly exciting in this regard because true innovation can and does transform entire segments of our industry. Revolutionary processes and technologies make past deployments and best practices look laughable in light of recent innovations.

Reflections From the Fiber Mountain Launch

Over the past weeks and months, the Fiber Mountain team has worked hard to prepare for our company launch at this year's Interop New York. In this post, I want to share our thoughts from the days leading up to the October 1st unveiling and about the event itself at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

Featured Event

ITEXPO Miami 2015

January 27 - 30, 2015
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, Florida

9:30 - Wed. January 28
M. H. Raza
Fiber Mountain™
Founder & CEO

Video Showcase