China’s halt on solar construction sends stocks plunging
The Chinese government has ordered a halt on the construction of new solar projects, announced by the nation’s National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration.
In the announcement, made on 1 June, the establishments also confirmed that the government had reduced tariffs on clean electricity by ¥0.05 (US$0.0078) per 1KWh.
The “2018 Solar PV Power Generation Notice” prevents any new solar projects from recieveing government incentives and subsidies in a bid to stop overcapacity.
Since the news, Sungrow Power and LONGi Green Energy Technology have seen a drop in stock prices.
Sungrow, China’s largest manufacturer of solar and wind power inverters, has had its stock fall by the daily limit of 10% on 4 June, hitting ¥12.56 ($1.96).
Following the 10% drop, the firm is now anticipated to be in line for a seven-day 23% decline.
The silicon wafer company, LONGi, saw its stock share fall to ¥20.12 ($3.14).
“The contraction in the photovoltaic industry will intensify competition in the short term because of the policy’s sudden brake,” remarked Gong Yongfeng, Citic Securities’ Analyst.
“The prices of the industry chain will come under big pressure. Industry consolidation may last for six to 12 months.”
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.