Special News Feature: Rough trade: US takes steps to release China’s grip on solar markets


By Nilima Choudhury

The Unite d States and China are embroiled in what the New York Times has dubbed “the most politically charged trade case in many years”. Seven US-based crystalline silicon solar cell manufacturers have formed. The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), led by SolarWorld and First Solar (the identities of the five remaining members are yet to be disclosed). The CASM has accused Chinese manufacturers of violating global trade laws with its “anti-competitive trade aggression”.

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Published in November 2011, the 14th edition of Photovoltaics International provides a variety of technical papers from some of the industry’s stalwarts. Features include: TÜV Rheinland on junction box testing; Laser Zentrum Hannover on laser edge isolation of mc-Si cells; Calisolar on the importance of traceability; Fraunhofer ISE on EWT cells; and EPIA on Europe’s LCOE.

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