According to reports, the world's largest solar companies undergoing structural adjustment, while Samsung, LG and other Korean and Han Chinese but in large enterprises to increase investment. Korean companies in 2005, missed the opportunity to invest in solar energy, but this time with the United States and solar energy leader Germany downturn of the machine, attempts to technology development and expansion.
Main business of the new solar module Hanwha Energy Co., Ltd., near Shanghai at the end of the plant capacity from 900 megawatts (MW) extended to 1.5 gigawatts (GW). If the successful completion of the expansion of production capacity, Hanwha new energy capacity will be the world's No. 7 or No. 8. Hanwha, respectively, in the last month and this month, 800 million and $ 15 million acquisition of the American Solar Energy R &solar collector D companies and technology companies OneRoofEnergy CrystalSolar shares. In March, the United States also established the Solar Energy Research Silicon Valley, "American Hanwha new energy."
Samsung and LG, respectively, in June and September this year released a long-term solar module production plans. Production targets were two companies of 3 GW (2015) and 1 GW (2013). Currently, Samsung and LG, respectively, the module production capacity of 150 MW and 300 MW. LG official said: "looking forward to improved market as soon as possible, the planned investment." April 19,solar water heater SK $ 50 million investment into the U.S. solar cell technology company HelioVolt's largest shareholder.
South Korean business practices and to reduce investment or closed recently in Germany, the leading U.S. solar companies the opposite. Solar energy industry this year, finished module prices down to $ 1.80 per watt from September's $ 1.14. German Q-CELL's only appeared in the first half operating loss of $ 462 million, the market put price is for sale.
July to September, the U.S. solar energy company SolyndraLLC, SpectraWatt and EvergreenSolar for bear Yingli, Trina Solar and other low-cost Chinese enterprises offensive, to close down. May this year, U.S. President Barack Obama has personally visited SolyndraLLC, the company known as "America's economic future."
While the solar industry downturn, but South Korean companies are still increasing investment. Korean companies that will soon realize the cost of solar power and fossil fuels and balanced "Gridparity". An industry source said: "After three or four years, will achieve GridParity goals. The scale of the solar energy industry will be extended to more than 10 times now."
Experts point out that South Korean companies in order to change the existing structure of the solar industry must be a new generation of thin-film solar cells on the results. Korea Industrial Research Institute, said: "on the chip and LCD technology with the most similar to the thin-film solar cells, Samsung and LG are secretly launched effective product research competition."