Nanjing Sunport Power buys Eurotron manufacturing line

A multi-million euro investment has being made by China-based start-up Nanjing Sunport Power Co. Ltd. in purchasing a complete back contact PV module assembly line from the Dutch manufacturer Eurotron. The contract is the start of a close cooperation between both companies and a major step in innovation for PV module production in mainland China.
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The production line is capable of handling a range of back-contact cell-to-module technologies such as MWT, EWT, HJBC and IBC for both multi and mono P-type and N-type wafers. Various back-contact solar cell-to-module technologies offer the potential to utilize ultra-thin wafers in the range of 120 um thickness and lower cell-to-module losses that reduce costs and boost conversion efficiencies amongst other manufacturing cost benefits.

Eurotron recently received a production line order from a start-up in Qatar and its back-contact equipment was developed in collaboration with ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) the largest energy research institute in the Netherlands. Several leading China based module manufacturers have licensed ECN’s MWT technology such as Yingli Solar and Canadian Solar.

China-based PV manufacturers have also been instructed by government authorities that to operate in the sector in the future, only companies able to achieve high conversion efficiencies will be allowed to operate in an attempt to reduce overcapacity and the use of older technology and equipment.

Read more: Eurotron (PDF)

Wison to supply industry’s first barge-based floating LNG regasification unit

Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine announced an agreement with Vessel Gasification Solutions (VGS) for the supply of the industry’s first barge-based floating LNG regasification unit (FRU).

The FRU will consist of a new-build, non-propelled barge equipped to perform the regasification and send out of a maximum of 1,000MMscf/d of gas. The facility will be moored on a jetty structure located about 8km offshore Andhra Pradesh on India’s eastern coast, alongside a permanent floating storage unit (FSU) that will be used as the LNG offloading point for trading tankers. Furthermore, the FRU will be adequately sized to allow for the future expansion of the regasification capability by an additional 750MMscf/d of gas within the next few years in order to meet the rapidly growing natural gas requirements in the region.

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Wison Nantong Yard

Wison Offshore & Marine will lead the project from its Shanghai operational center, with construction to be performed at Wison’s wholly-owned fabrication facility in Nantong, China.

Read more: Wison

Chinese professor builds home-made Li-Fi network

Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to surf the internet. Li-Fi is not new, but instead of developing specialized hardware, Chi bought her components on Taobao (a major Chinese e-commerce website).

The professor from Fudan University demonstrated her technology at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers that use radio signals, Li-Fi relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly.

Chi, an expert on optical fibers, said that she was simply interested in the promise of Li-Fi. “I just wanted to play around,” she said. Funding also came from the local Shanghai government, which has made research in the area a goal.

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Li-Fi could be deployed in everyday LED bulbs, with light-based Internet connections covering the interior of entire homes or buildings. The data connection speeds can also reach several gigabits per second. Chi’s own system runs at 150 Mbps by using a small number of LED bulbs each at one watt. “With a more powerful LED light, we can reach 3.5 Gbps speeds,” she added.

Source: Phys.org, Wired

Former Google executive now working in China: blown away

Hugo Barra was well-known as Vice President of Android Product Management. Every year at Google’s biggest conference Barra would show off Android’s latest features. Then last year, Barra quit Google to work for the Chinese company XiaoMi. In December, he gave a talk in Paris at LeWeb about how utterly blown away he has been by China.

In his talk he discusses some interesting statistics and mentions very successful Chinese internet companies like Taobao, WeChat, DIDI, MoMo, JingDong and AliPay. While most foreigners living in China know these companies quite well and are also aware that Taobao is twice the size of eBay and Amazon combined, these Chinese companies are still much less known in the rest of the world. Recent IPO’s in China are even less mentioned in foreign media.

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Therefore the compilation of facts and figures presented by Barra in his talk is very interesting for everyone who wants to get up to speed the growing innovative entrepreneurial workforce and spirit in China.

Read more: Business Insider or view the talk on YouTube