IHS: Chinese inverter prices declining as competition heats up

first_imgIHS: Chinese inverter prices declining as competition heats upInverter prices are falling in China amidst greater consolidation. Domestic manufacturers are also expanding oversees despite the continuing boom in the country. May 15, 2015 Edgar Meza Events Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Intense competition in China has led to a 10% drop in inverters in the first quarter, according to analysts at market research group IHS. Central inverter prices ranged between CNY 0.20 and CNY 0.28 per watt ($0.03-0.05/W) in the first quarter of 2015 while string inverter prices ranged between CNY 0.40 and CNY 0.50 per watt ($0.06-0.08/W) in the period. Although not a huge decline given the already very low prices in China, IHS points out that the market is consolidating, with now far fewer domestic suppliers active in the Chinese market. Dropping inverter prices was one of several trends in China’s booming PV inverter sector identified by IHS analysts in the wake of last month’s SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai. String and central inverters of 1,500 V are now available or in development in the country, according IHS senior PV market analyst Cormac Gilligan. Leading inverter suppliers such as TBEA and Sungrow displayed large central inverters with 1,500 V dc inputs at the show. The inverters are targeted for export markets in the short term and are also expected to be installed in China in significant numbers in the next two years. Some suppliers are also targeting the U.S. market with 1,500 V string inverters for ground-mounted installations. In addition, the 1 MW inverter is replacing the 500 kW model as the preferred inverter choice. Domestic suppliers such as TBEA and Sungrow have developed 1 MW inverters that will be used in a 2 MW plus turn-key solution. The new larger turn-key solutions will have the same footprint size as older 1 MW turn-key stations while lowering the price per watt and overall LCOE. Up till now, 500 kW inverters had been the preferred solution, even in multi-megawatt projects, Gilligan pointed out. IHS also found a limited presence of non-Chinese inverter suppliers in China. Although it has predicted that China will remain the largest market globally in 2015, IHS said very few non-Chinese inverter suppliers are active in the market. German manufacturer SMA operates in China via its acquisition of Zeversolar, but it acknowledged in its last quarterly earnings call that it would substantially reduce operations in the country. Other Western suppliers such as Kostal have recently entered the Chinese market via its automotive division but have yet to ship significant quantities of inverters in the market. IHS points out, however, that the booming market nevertheless represent a huge opportunity for non-Chinese component suppliers to inverter manufacturers. Although the Chinese market will likely continue to boom this year, IHS says numerous Chinese inverter suppliers continue to expand operations internatioanlly, particularly in Asia and the Americas, with the United States being the prime target. 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VOLLEYBALL BRIEFS: Bulldogs sweep Lions

first_img PNG 3, CENTRAL 0BEAUMONT — Kailey Oliver led a powerful Port Neches-Groves attack in a three-set sweep of Central.Oliver finished with 19 service points, seven digs and four blocks as the Rock-A-Noos won 25-6, 25-12 and 25-14.PNG (20-10, 6-0) got 16 service points, 10 digs and six kills from Libbie LeJeune. Rachel Hammersmith had 15 assists, Baylee Priddy added 12 assists and seven digs, Cheyanne Orozco finished with 10 kills, Kaitlyn Gil had seven kills, Hannah Jones had six kills and Elizabeth Bolyard added four kills. The News staff reportLIVINGSTON — Abbey Montalvo and the Nederland Bulldogs stayed hot Tuesday through District 22-5A play.The Bulldogs swept Livingston in three sets by a tune of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-14.Montalvo led Nederland (5-1 in District 22-5A) with 37 assists to go with 11 digs, three aces and two blocks. Darcie Jones added 24 digs, Hannah Smith had nine kills and two blocks, Amanda Longlet had two blocks and four kills and Peyton Parker finished with two blocks and 16 kills.“The girls played lights out,” coach Kristin Lemoine said. “They were all working together, played with heart and played off their positives. We had big people step up in big rolls. I am very proud of the girls.”Nederland travels to face Port Arthur Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Friday.center_img The Rock-A-Noos travel to face Livingston at 6:30 p.m. Friday.PA MEMORIAL 3, VIDOR 1At Port Arthur, Nayla Bazile totaled 15 kills and hit .500 in leading the Titans to a 25-8, 18-25, 26-24, 25-22 feat over the Pirates.Byron’Neisha Bernard finished with five kills and Riyah Collins had three for Memorial (11-13-1, 3-3), which won its second straight match.At Bob Hope, Buna beat the Eagles 26-24, 11-25, 26-24, 25-16. The Eagles will visit Kountze on Friday.last_img read more

New Website provides legal, health care resources for Vermonters

first_imgVermont Legal Aid and Law Line of Vermont have just launched a redesigned, easy-to-use website, Vermont Law Help, that provides up-to-date guidance on health care access, health insurance issues, and other civil legal issues. One of the goals of Vermont Law Help is to inform and empower Vermonters to help themselves, find resources they can use, and know where legal services are available. Guided interviews show visitors how to complete common court documents, and form letters help them address specific problems. Vermont Law Help has resources for Vermonters with family problems involving separation, divorce and abuse; housing issues, including landlord and tenant problems, foreclosure, and discrimination; health care questions and issues related to health care reform, insurance, access to services, denials and appeals, billing, and complaints; money and debt problems including bankruptcy, credit and credit reports, public benefits, repossession, and taxes; and more, including information specifically for seniors and people with disabilities.Vermont Law Help has a powerful search function and simple navigation to help users find relevant information fast. Google Translate buttons quickly translate the website into seven languages that are prevalent in Vermont, and the text size can be easily adjusted by Vermonters with vision challenges. The new design offers a vastly improved reading and navigation experience for smart phone users.‘We are always seeking more efficient and effective ways to serve Vermonters,’ said Eric Avildsen, executive director of Vermont Legal Aid. ‘We have invested in improving our website because we know that the web is an important tool for individuals who are looking for information and resources to help them resolve problems.’There were approximately 115,000 visits to Vermont Law Help in 2012 and more than 102,000 visits so far in 2013. Vermont Legal Aid and Law Line of Vermont are nonprofit law firms that provide civil legal services primarily to low-income Vermonters.Visit the Vermont Law Help website at vtlawhelp.org.last_img read more

Study: Attitudes toward women key in higher rates of sexual assault by athletes

first_imgEmail An online study of male undergraduates shows that more than half of study participants on intercollegiate and recreational athletic teams – and more than a third of non-athletes – reported engaging in sexual coercion, including rape. The increased risk of sexual coercion by athletes was linked to “traditional” beliefs about women and a higher belief in rape “myths,” which are used to justify sexual assault.Previous research has shown that male college athletes are more likely than college students in general to commit sexual violence or engage in sexual coercion. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education called for colleges and universities to institute efforts to educate athletes and address sexual violence.“We wanted to know what these programs need to address,” says Sarah Desmarais, an associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State University and co-author of a paper on the recent study. “What are the factors that contribute to these higher rates of sexual assault? And are these issues confined to intercollegiate athletes, or do they extend to club and intramural athletes?” Share LinkedIn Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter Pinterest For this study, the researchers surveyed online 379 male undergraduates: 191 non-athletes, 29 intercollegiate athletes and 159 recreational athletes. The study was conducted by researchers at NC State, the University of South Florida, Northern Arizona University and Emory University.Study participants were asked about their sexual behavior, their attitudes toward women, and the degree to which they believed in rape myths.“We found that 54.3 percent of the intercollegiate and recreational athletes and 37.9 percent of non-athletes had engaged in sexually coercive behaviors – almost all of which met the legal definition of rape,” Desmarais says.“As high as these numbers are, they may actually under-represent the rates of sexual coercion, since the study relied on self-reported behavior,” Desmarais says.Non-athletes were much less likely to believe in rape myths, such as that if a woman is drunk or doesn’t fight back, it isn’t rape. And non-athletes were less likely to harbor more traditional, and frequently negative, beliefs about women, such as that “Women should worry less about their rights and more about becoming good wives and mothers.”In addition, the researchers found that there was no difference between recreational and intercollegiate athletes in regard to their views toward women, belief in rape myths or sexual behavior.After analyzing the data, researchers found that belief in rape myths, and more traditional beliefs about women, played a key role in the increased likelihood that athletes would commit sexual assault.“This study shows how important it is to change these attitudes,” Desmarais says. “The ‘Attitudes Toward Women Scale’ used in the study was created in the 1970s, and includes some truly archaic, sexist items – and we still see these results today. That shows you how far we still have to go.”last_img read more

Michelin’s Michel Rollier Will Retire in May

first_imgFrom Tire Review/Tyres & Accessories In February 2011, Michel Rollier announced he didn’t intend to complete his current term of office as managing general partner and chairman of Groupe Michelin, as he would be 72 years old when his tenure ended. Rollier, now 67, has decided to retire from his current role this year and set Michelin’s annual meeting on May 11 as his last official duty. If shareholders agree, Jean-Dominique Senard, who was elected non-general managing partner in May 2007 and managing general partner last May, will succeed him as chairman. The choice of Senard as successor in the role of managing general partner was proposed by Rollier and accepted by shareholders at the 2011 annual meeting. Senard’s current term of office, which began on May 13, 2011, will last four years and is renewable. “Jean-Dominique Senard was elected managing general partner last May, and since then we’ve worked together to prepare my succession,” stated Rollier. “The transition is now complete and the time has come to pass him the reins. Michelin is in fine shape and geared up to meet that many challenges that are sure to arise in our new phase of assertive growth underway since 2011. I know that Jean-Dominique will be an excellent chairman and that he will continue to proudly express Michelin’s values and ambitions. He has my full and absolute confidence.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Lawyers scupper EU financial transaction tax

European Union lawyers have vetoed a controversial new tax that would have imposed levies on financial transactions. The legal opinion, which the European Commission published yesterday, says that the financial transaction tax (FTT), approved by the European Parliament in July 2013, would exceed member states’ tax powers and is incompatible with the EU treaty.The opinion represents a set back for the 11 EU member states that signed up for the new tax, which aims to discourage risk-taking by taxing transactions of shares, currencies and bonds. It is strongly opposed by the UK government which in April 2013 began a legal challenge in the Court of Justice of the European Union.The BBC reports that CBI head of financial services and corporate governance Leo Ringer said: ‘This opinion recognises that the FTT would have damaging implications for growth, jobs and investment beyond the member states involved, so now is the time to draw a line under this flawed proposal. It also makes clear that moves towards further integration between a number of EU countries can’t be taken forward if they impact on the rights of all member states, unless all states affected have signed up.’ read more

Telit Introduces World’s Smallest 450 MHz Module for IoT Applications

first_imgTelit has announced the world’s smallest LTE-M/NB-IoT module for use in the 450 MHz band. The ME310G1-W2 module has been designed for demanding, mission and business critical applications in the field of public safety, smart grids, smart cities or e-health, the new module also provides a smooth upgrade path to LTE for existing CDMA 450 deployments. This LTE-M/NB-IoT module leverages Telit’s expertise in the smart energy market, where it currently has more than 100 customers worldwide.The ME310G1-W2 builds on Telit’s extensive experience in the 450 MHz band, including as the supplier for the world’s largest CDMA 450 smart meter deployment and as a member of the 450 MHz Alliance. The 3GPP Release 14 Cat M1/NB2 module features a Power Saving Mode (PSM) and extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) to maximize battery life, a key requirement for a wide range of IoT applications. The ME310G1-W2 also supports LTE-M and NB-IoT enhanced coverage modes, that together with the superior propagation characteristics of the 450 MHz frequency band, make it a good choice to ensure reliable connectivity to smart meters and sensors in the hard to reach locations deep inside buildings. The ME310G1-W2 not only supports 450 MHz but also the other common LTE bands used in Europe, to provide seamless roaming between private and public mobile networks.As a member of Telit’s xE310 family, the ME310G1-W2 enables OEMs, integrators and IoT device vendors to leverage their existing designs as they expand into the 450 MHz market or as they migrate their CDMA 450 products to LTE 450. The xE310 heritage also allows for global frequency coverage and the integration into ultra-small-footprint IoT devices.With 20+ LTE network deployments so far, the 450 MHz band is steadily evolving to support 4G and 5G. Telit designed the new ME310G1-W2 to provide OEMs, integrators and IoT device vendors with a state-of-the-art module to capitalize on the burgeoning LTE 450 opportunity. Optimized for power, cost and size, the ME310G1-W2 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including smart metering, smart grids, smart cities, smart agriculture, public safety and more.Click here to learn more about Telit’s LTE-M and NB-IoT Modules.last_img read more

2018 National Sports Festival: Unlikely Champions Emerge in Men and Women 100m

first_img100m men Deaf – Gold – Nurudeen Badmus (Delta), Silver – Bolu Friday Olamide (Lagos), Bronze – Reuben Eniyomi (Delta)Usheoritse Itsekiri of Team Rivers and Margaret Bukola Bolutife of Team Ondo upset the odds to create a new order in the men and women’s 100m final at the ongoing 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja.Both athletes had the odds stacked against them competing against more accomplished and garlanded opponents but nevertheless showed enough mettle to emerge victorious at the end of Day 2 of Athletics at the 19th NSF.2017 National Junior Champion, Itsekiri, ran the race of his life in what was a fearless performance to clock a new Personal Best (PB) – his third in as many races at the event – of 10.27s to claim gold. Usheoritse Itsekiri finished 10.27s to claim goldItsekiri was joined on the podium by Team Delta’s Ogho-Oghene Egwero and reigning 2018 West Africa University Games (WAUG) Champion, Enoch Adegoke representing Rivers State who both clocked identical times of 10.32s.Bukola Bolutife faced an even sterner test in a star-studded field, defending champion Peace Uko, Commonwealth medallists Rose-Mary Chukwuma and Joy Udo-Gabriel, who was the overwhelming favourite having picked up 10 medals this year including a bronze in the 100m and a gold in the 4x100m at the African Athletics Championships in Asaba.Margaret Bukola Bolutife defeated seasoned medallists to win gold in the women’s 100m finalBut it was little-fancied Bukola Bolutife who held off the challenges of her more illustrious peers to claim gold for Ondo State with a Personal Best of 11.45s. Peace Uko (Akwa Ibom) finished second in a time of 11.52s while pre-race favourite Team Delta’s Udo-Gabriel’s 11.53s was only good enough for third place.Festival debutant David Olowookere won gold in the men’s 400m hurdles eventIn the men’s 400m hurdles, David Olowookere competing at the National Sports Festival for the very first time set a Personal Best of 51.07s to claim gold ahead of Henry Okorie (Rivers) who finished second in 51.33s and Sikiru Adeyemi (Bayelsa) who was third in 51.96s.Rita Ossai (Bayelsa) continued the trend of a new breed of champions when she won the women’s 400m Hurdles final in 59.31s. Daisy Akpofa (Edo) was 2nd in 59.69s, while Comfort Ekanem (Oyo) ended in third place with a time of 59.89s.Ismaila Sadjo (Cross Rivers) found reserves of boundless energy to provide a hugely entertaining performance on his way to gold in the 10,000m final with a time of 31:37:00. Emmanuel Gyang (Rivers) was second while Shehu Mu’azu (Plateau State) placed 3rd.In some of the other races decided on Wednesday, Assurance Omoria (Edo) won gold in the 100m women Deaf, with Chinwe Elekwach (Rivers) coming second while Onasanya Oyindamola (Lagos) finished in third place.Ismaila Sadjo won gold in the men’s 10,000m eventOn the field, Team Delta’s Eucharia Ogbukwo ensured that the state is making a clean sweep of the throws, winning the women’s Shot Put event with a distance of 15.42m.Earlier on Tuesday, Day 1 of athletics at the 2018 NSF, Rose Akusho (Plateau) took gold in the 5000m women’s final in 17:05:85. Deborah Pam Badung (Rivers) was second in 17:07:78 and Nwokeoji C. Chinonso (Abia) rounded off the podium finish in 18:10:21.Ese Brume set a new festival record of 6.62m to win goldThree-time African Champion and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth champion Ese Brume (Delta) set a new Festival Record of 6.62m to win the women’s Long Jump. Okoronkwo Precious Chisom (Lagos) took silver with 6.04m while Anigbata Grace Chinanyelum (Bayelsa) won bronze with a leap of 5.94m.Princess Kara (Delta) took the gold in theWomen’s Discus with a throw 44.50m. Onome Tessy Ogbeni (Oyo) won silver with athrow of 43.22m while Esther Osisike (Akwa Ibom) settled for bronze with a42.00m throw.Related12th African Games: Oduduru, Okagbare Headline Star-Studded Nigerian Athletics TeamAugust 23, 2019In “2019 African Games”Doha 2019: Raymond Ekevwo Shines as Oduduru, Okagbare Change Plans on World Athletics Championships Day 1September 28, 2019In “Athletics”12th African Games: Gold For Ekevwo, Bronze for Itsekiri in men’s 100m, Udo-Gabriel fourth in women’s 100mAugust 27, 2019In “2019 African Games”last_img read more

Neymar didn’t celebrate the goals or win as PSG lifted Super Cup

first_img The relationship between both parties seems to be at the point of no return. The divorce is evident. Neymar wants out of France and his preferred destination is Barcelona. So far, there’s no firm offer from the Catalan club but they are studying the options, while Neymar keeps revealing his disappointment at still being a PSG player. In addition to that, his teammates are even joking about his possible exit. As they celebrated the trophy, Kylian Mbappe made a joke, grabbing Neymar by the arm and pushing him out of the group photo. Neymar returned for the photo just behind the France international. CEST RELATED STORIES eymar, pasivo en el palco tras el gol de Di María | Bein Sports SPORT.es ¡Neymar no celebró la victoria ni los goles del PSG ! Paris Saint-Germain won the French Super Cup on Saturday in the middle of a storm surrounding one of their biggest stars, Neymar. It’s well known that Neymar is looking to leave the Qatari owned club, who are trying to convince him to stay, but it seems his mind is made up. The image which evidences the total breakdown of the relationship between the player and the club came in the build-up to Saturday’s game. While the players were greeting sporting director Leonardo, Neymar passed by without even looking at him. After the game, more images then revealed he’s not happy in Paris and wants out as soon as possible. 03/08/2019 Neymar really enjoying himselfpic.twitter.com/nkoqXttUEt— Atharva (@Athsonfire) August 3, 2019 In another image, as his teammates celebrated the title, the Brazilain was stood on the grass, not reacting to anything. At that moment, Verratti grabs him by the arm and tries to usher him into the celebrations. The tension continues to rise between Neymar and Leonardo in China Neymar saw the game against Rennes from the stands, along with other players not called up, like Jese Rodriguez, due to the fact he’s still coming back from an injury. The television cameras focused on the group of players after Angel Di Maria scored a free kick in the 72nd minute, giving PSG the win. While his teammates looked happy and celebrated the strike, Neymar didn’t flinch. Upd. at 23:02 Neymar-PSG: All-out war as Brazilian tries to force Barça move IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Murder she wrote – in Grade 6

first_imgBy Nicole WilliamsParis Barrie-Moore took a liking to Shakespeare and has now also read The Tempest. But Macbeth is her…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img