China Solar Giant Suntech To Set Up 1st U.s. Plant-mine_清翼

Automobiles China’s solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. said it will set up its first U.S. factory in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area. In a press release, Suntech said it plans to make a final decision on the specific location of the plant in the .ing weeks. The plant will have an initial production capacity of 30 megawatts (MW) and is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2010, the .pany will make an initial investment of 10 million U.S. dollars in Beijing. Chan said the investment decision was made as the solar energy market grows rapidly in North America thanks to the region’s pro-solar policies. Suntech’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Zhengrong Shi said: "This is the first step in what I see as a long-term, strategic investment in the North American market." The leadership shown by the U.S. government in advancing renewable energy will only improve the environment for further investments in the .ing years. The U.S. plant, which will be about 80,000 to 100,000 square feet, will employ over 75 full-time employees at launch and may double its staff within the year as the North American market develops. The U.S. market had 356 MW of solar PV capacity installed during 2008 and is expected to grow six-fold to more than 2 gigawatts (GW) by 2012, Suntech cited media reports as saying. Suntech, headquartered in the eastern city of Wuxi, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2005. Its sales revenue in 2008 was about 2 billion U.S. dollars. Solar pool panels are either flat-plate or evacuated tube solar water heating collectors. The versions for nonpotable pool water use are often made of plastic. Pool water, mildly corrosive due to chlorine, is circulated through the panels using the existing pool filter or supplemental pump. Evacuated tubes do not have pool water pumped through them, instead clean water is used and then a heat exchanger transfers the heat. A fairly simple differential temperature controller is used to direct the water to the panels or heat exchanger either by turning a valve or operating the pump. The collector panels are usually mounted on a nearby roof, or they can be ground-mounted on a tilted rack. Due to the low temperature difference between the air and the water, the panels are often unglazed. The collectors should face South in the northern hemisphere, and North in the southern. A simple rule-of-thumb for the required panel area needed is 50% of the pool’s surface area. This is for areas where pools are used in the summer season only, not year ’round. Adding solar collectors to a conventional outdoor pool, in a cold climate, can typically extend the pool’s .fortable usage by a couple of months or more if an insulating pool cover is also used. An active solar energy system analysis program may be used to optimize the solar pool heating system before it is built. Copyright (c) 2010 Steven Jiang About the Author: 相关的主题文章: