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Sharp will try to snap a larger share of a growing market

Sharp Corp. officials reported the company plans to increase production of thin-film silicon solar cells over the next year at a Sharp plant located in the Nara Prefecture, Japan.  The increased production is directly related to a global shortage of silicon, company officials said.  Sharp is currently the No. 1 maker of solar cells in the world.

According to reports, the thin-film cells only need 1/100 the total amount of silicon used for regular solar cells.  Solar cells traditionally convert light energy to electrical energy and have a number of uses in today's world -- often times used in locations where access to a power grid is limited or unavailable.

Even though the demand is up, Sharp first half profit is down 12.4 percent due to tighter supplies and rising costs of supplies used to make the solar cell technology.

Sharp remains the top dog of the solar cell market, but faces mounting pressure from China's Suntec Power Holdings and Germany's Q-Cells AG.  Some estimates claim the solar cell market is growing almost 30 percent per year, allowing for plenty of growth for the top players in the industry.

The company did not publicly state its total capital investment into solar cell development, but industry analysts estimate it could exceed a total of 87 milion USD.

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Solar power
By AlphaVirus on 11/5/2007 12:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
I grow tired of the argument that solar power is "much more expensive" and yes I can agree that nuclear is more efficient.

Lets not think about today and think long-term, if you build multiple solar farms it will have a high start up cost but it would be an investment. How much does it cost to maintain? How much waste does it create? How much man power does it take to run? All this compared to current methods seem pretty reasonable enough to outweight the cost factor.

It may not be enough to power a large city such as LA, NY or Houston but I am sure you could power plenty of small cities in the midwest where the solar heat/rays are virtually abundant.

With multiple solar farms handling the smaller cities, large plants can focus there power and money can be invested to make these lines more efficient.

RE: Solar power
By murphyslabrat on 11/5/2007 1:46:11 PM , Rating: 2
No, the problem is maintenance. What happens to the panels that become unusable due to sheer loss of cells? What do you do with them? How do you acquire the massive amounts of real-estate to run the quantities of solar farms you would need? It is not cheap now, it is not cheap in the long-term, and it is woefully insufficient for the role of a primary power-source.

We can check periodically as it progresses, and we can pay an inflated rate for power to have "renewable energy only" sent to your home (which is a great scheme, as who can tell the difference in energy from renewable sources ^^j). Otherwise, it's only for those without an alternative or for those bastards who don't want me running my quadFire HD2900XT's ^^j.

BTW, no one in their right minds would run a quad Crossfire setup with four HD2900XT's, unless you have a really good power-supply, a flat-rate energy fee, and studio-quality sound-canceling headphones (preferably running above 90db, as that will help you cope with the noise while you're not using it ^^j)

Nothing against AMD, it's just that the HD 2900 is gonna be remembered as "noisy", perhaps more so than "late".

RE: Solar power
By murphyslabrat on 11/5/2007 1:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, sorry about the double post, but I realize that there is currently no driver support for quad Crossfire. It was for the sake of the joke.

It would be cool if you could "edit" a post, though it be more a comment attached to a post. So, allow you to append a note that is separated from the main body by a "edited - <mm/dd/yy hh:mm>." That would make posts like this unnecessary, without letting people go back and alter their stupidity.

Basicly, you would assist the absent minded without helping the idiots; which, I assume, is the reason for not including an "edit" option, correct?

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