Global Ranking of PV Cell Producers: China 8 : US 1

By |Friday, 11 January 2019|

Solar expert Finlay Colville recently presented the 2018 ranking of solar cell producers. In a nutshell, Chinese PV companies strengthened their position, in line with Beijing´s NDRC plan to dominate specific global growth industries.

1. About ten years ago the Chinese PV industry accelerated global expansion and strengthened the vertical value chain within China (module, cell, wafer, ingot, poly). But they still faced strong competition from high-quality pure cell producers in Taiwan, Japan and Germany and from thin-film specialists such as FirstSolar […]

Peak Car in 2018?

By |Thursday, 10 January 2019|

What is the state of the Chinese economy? Growth estimates for 2018 differ widely between the official 6.x percent, down to less than 2 per cent.

A strong indicator of weakness is the official car sales number for 2018. It declined, for the first time since 1990, by almost 6 per cent to 22.7 million units. December numbers were even 19 percent below last year, as Bloomberg (CAAM) reported.

The market of combustion engine […]

Wind Turbines: Vestas – The First Global 100 GW Wind Giant

By |Wednesday, 9 January 2019|

Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reached a total installed capacity of 100 GW in late December 2018, according to company press releases. This equals a share of 16.7 percent of the world´s total installations of c. 600 GW wind turbines. Since 1979 the company has installed 66,000 turbines in 80 countries across the globe.

Order inflow looks promising with a record 12.9 GW in 2018 after 11.2 GW in 2017. The company reinstated its […]

Shale Oil: Elliott Management bids for QEP Resources

By |Tuesday, 8 January 2019|

The wave of takeovers in the U.S. shale oil sector continues: Hedge fund Elliott Management (Paul Singer) makes a $2.1 billion proposal for Permian shale driller QEP Resources, as several news agencies report.

The offer is 44 percent above last week´s closing price but still way below the share price of last summer when crude oil was above $70 per barrel. QEP has 51.000 acres (c. 200 km2) in the Permian […]

Utilities in Transition: Vattenfall AB accelerating switch to renewables

By |Monday, 7 January 2019|

Sweden´s Vattenfall AB is accelerating the transition to renewables, as German newspaper F.A.Z. reports.

The large utility, which is 100 percent owned by the Swedish state, plans to quadruple the share of renewables by 2025. This includes the expansion of wind power capacities from 3 GW (end of 2018) to 11 GW (2025). Within “one generation”, the group as well as its customers and suppliers should be “fossil-free”.  Currently, Vattenfall generates about  […]

Global Energy Briefing No 170: Global Energy Markets in December (English Edition)

By |Monday, 10 December 2018|

The current edition of our newsletter Global Energy Briefing (No.170) reports on prices, trends and events on the international energy markets. Topics are among others:

(1) Oil price outlook after OPEC/Russia-Decision

(2) US gas prices surge by more than 40 per cent; but sink  in negative territory in Permian Basin

(3) EU/Asian gas markets – relaxed winter outlook

(4) Hard coal markets: Prices down; weak 2019 outlook

(5) Power markets: Japan – back to nuclear

(6) Electric car markets: strong US […]

GEB Nr.170: Die internationalen Energiemärkte im Dezember (deutsche Ausgabe)

By |Monday, 10 December 2018|

In der aktuellen Ausgabe unseres Abonewsletters Global Energy Briefing (Nr.170) berichten wir über Preise und Trends auf den internationalen Energiemärkten. Themen dieser Ausgabe sind unter anderen:

(1) Ölpreisausblick – Wie geht es weiter nach der OPEC-Entscheidung?

(2) Gaspreise USA – Turbulenter Markt in den USA; Gaspreise ziehen am Henry Hub um 40% an, während sie im Permian unter Null sinken

(3) Gaspreise Europa/Asien – weiterhin entspannter Winterausblick

(4) Kohlepreise geben nach – verhaltender Ausblick auf 2019

(5) Stromsektor: […]

Global Energy Briefing No.169: Big Oil in Transition? The Path to Decarbonization (English Edition)

By |Friday, 23 November 2018|

Oil and gas account for more than half of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. International oil companies are now under pressure to demonstrate the sustainability of their portfolio and adapt their business models to the global transformation of energy systems. Investors, NGOs and the media are questioning them critically.

In this issue of our newsletter you will find 37 pages of background information on the discussion about Big Oil and company-specific strategies. How high are the emissions caused directly and indirectly […]

GEB Nr.169: Big Oil in Transition – Pfade zur Dekarbonisierung für internationale Ölkonzerne (dt.Ausg.)

By |Wednesday, 21 November 2018|

Öl und Gas erzeugen mehr als die Hälfte der globalen energiebedingten Treibhausgasemissionen. Die internationalen Ölkonzerne stehen jetzt unter Druck, die Nachhaltigkeit ihres Portfolios zu demonstrieren und ihre Geschäftsmodelle an die globale Energiewende anzupassen. Dabei werden sie von Investoren, NGOs und Medien gleichermaßen kritisch hinterfragt.

In dieser Ausgabe unsers Newsletters finden Sie auf 37 Seiten eine Vielzahl von Hintergrundinformationen zur Diskussion über Big Oil. Wie hoch sind die Emissionen, die von Shell, Respol oder BP direkt und indirekt verursacht werden? Welche Optionen […]

Global Energy Briefing No 168: International Energy Markets in October (English Edition)

By |Friday, 19 October 2018|

The current edition of our Global Energy Briefing (No.168) reports on prices, trends and events on the international energy markets. Topics of this issue are among others:
Oil price outlook – Iranian sanctions could fizzle out, weak oil price expected. Gas prices – relaxed winter outlook in Europe and Far East, China already supplied with LNG. Coal power generation unexpectedly attractive due to cheap blends; Glencore/Tohoku agreement. Emission prices (ETS) – stabilization after profit takin. Electric cars: Steep rise in USA; stagnation […]

GEB Nr.168: Die internationalen Energiemärkte im Oktober (deutsche Ausgabe)

By |Friday, 19 October 2018|

In der aktuellen Ausgabe unseres Global Energy Briefing (Nr.168) berichten wir über das Geschehen auf den internationalen Energiemärkten. Themen dieser Ausgabe sind unter anderen:
Ölpreisausblick – Iransanktionen könnten verpuffen, schwacher Ölpreis erwartet; Gaspreise – entspannter Winterausblick in Europa und Fernost, China bereits mit LNG versorgt; Kohleverstromung unerwartet attraktiv durch billige Blends; Einigung Glencore/Tohoku; Emissionspreise (ETS): Stabilisierung nach Gewinnmitnahmen; Elektroautos: Sprunghafter Anstieg in USA; Stagnation in Deutschland. Feature: Globale Investitionen in Renewables im dritten Quartal: Schrumpfung um 6%, Seitwärtstrend jetzt im siebten […]

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