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As I understand it, the Chinese are way out in front when it comes to solar, blowing away American corporations.
by Upstate NY on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 11:29:22 AM EST
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comment above,  it's all part of their (central government) plan.  Before I retired in 2008, I was involved in producing high-purity silica crucibles for 11 years. I could see the market develop in geometric terms, then plateau, then re-accelerate. Suddenly, this Chinese 'shinkansen' of development blew by everybody in about two years, immediately following the government's '5-year' plan to spend $10 billion per year on wind and solar (primarily). It looked like a bubble, but it's playing out as solid investment.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (paulgspencer@gmail.com) on Fri Jun 24th, 2011 at 01:15:25 PM EST
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... is not growth rates but whether there are net new productive incomes to refund the original investment.

Given the trajectory of international coal prices as China approaches its Peak Coal decade, circa 2005 "optimistic" income assumptions will by 2020 turn out to have been cautious in retrospect.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Jun 25th, 2011 at 03:19:44 PM EST
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Are the chinese doing anything on thermal solar or is it all PV?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Jun 25th, 2011 at 03:31:01 PM EST
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