TrendForce - Market report, price trend and B2B platform of DRAM, NAND Flash, LEDs, TFT-LCD and green energy, PVhttp://www.trendforce.comenCobalt Prices Soared by More Than 20% in 1Q18, Bringing More Price Pressure to Lithium-ion Batteries, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3088.htmlAccording to the latest data from EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, cobalt prices continued to rise in 2018 and soared by more than 20% in the first quarter. The rise of raw material prices results from short-term capital speculation and high supplier concentration. This concentrated industry structure may continue to push up the prices in long term. The soaring costs of raw material will be reflected in prices of lithium batteries and new energy vehicles quarter by quarter. This is also a challenge for the battery industry, which has been figuring out ways to reduce the dependence on cobalt.Automotive ElectronicsThu, 12 Apr 2018 16:40:00 +08003088 at http://www.trendforce.comTaiwan May Not Complete Its Two-Year Solar Power Promotion Plan but the Domestic Solar Market Expects Continuous Growth, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3082.htmlThe Taiwan government has devised the “Two-year solar power promotion plan” with the aim to increase 1.52 GW (1,520MW) of grid-connected capacity between July 2016 and June 2018. However, EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, expects that total grid-connected capacity would be 1,072MW by the end of plan, which means only 71% of the original goal would be achieved.Green EnergyFri, 30 Mar 2018 13:57:00 +08003082 at http://www.trendforce.comN-Type Solar Cell Technologies Are Expected to Enter Mass Production in 2018, Driven by China’s Top Runner Program, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3060.htmlEnergyTrend, a division TrendForce, has recently published a new report Market of Advanced PV Technology. According to the report, requirements outlined in China’s Top Runner Program (3rd phase) will drive solar PV companies to improve efficiency in order to win the biddings on projects. This will further accelerate the development of next-generation solar cell technologies such as N-type.Green EnergyMon, 05 Feb 2018 14:07:00 +08003060 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Forecasts Global Solar Market to Reach Over 106GW in 2018 Due to Strong Momentum from China and Rebounding Demand in Europehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3057.htmlChina’s solar market continued its explosive growth in 2017, pushing the size of global solar market to over 100GW for the first time. EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce estimates that the worldwide demand will increase further in 2018 to 106GW, but the distribution of demand by region will change.Green EnergyMon, 29 Jan 2018 14:40:00 +08003057 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce’s Comments on 30% Tariff on Imported Solar Cells in Section 201 U.S. Global Safeguardhttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3055.htmlThe United States will impose 30% tariff on solar cell and module imports, according to the announcement made by U.S government on January 22. EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, makes the following notes regarding the impacts of this new decision on the industry.Green EnergyTue, 23 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +08003055 at http://www.trendforce.comDevelopment of Ternary Battery May Ease the Tight Supply of Cobalt in 2018, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3043.htmlThe demand for xEV battery sees significant growth in 2017 due to the development of new energy vehicles, resulting in a 114% price surge for cobalt. In order to ease the cost pressure, battery makers are looking for ways to decrease the amount of cobalt used in xEV battery manufacturing. EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, forecasts that xEV battery with lower ratio of cobalt will be the mainstream product in 2018, easing the tight supply of cobalt.Green EnergyThu, 04 Jan 2018 14:11:00 +08003043 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Expects LED Chip Market to Achieve Supply-Demand Balance in 2018 Due to Chinese Suppliers’ Production Capacity Expansionhttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3038.htmlMajor Chinese LED chip suppliers including San’an Optoelectronics and HC SemiTek have lowered their product prices recently, indicating the end of LED chip price hike that had lasted for one and a half year. According to LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, the recent price drop signals the end of LED chip undersupply, and the next year will witness a balance in LED chip supply and demand.Chinese Market ResearchWed, 20 Dec 2017 14:28:00 +08003038 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Global ASP of LED Light Bulbs Remains Stable in November, but ASP in Japan Market Dropshttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3031.htmlLEDinside, a division of TrendForce, reports that the global average sales prices (ASP) of LED light bulbs was generally stable in November. The global ASP of 40-watt equivalent products was US$6.2, a slight increase of 0.5%. The global ASP of 60-watt equivalent products also increased slightly by 0.2% to US$7.4. Japan saw noticeable price slide while Europe experienced price growth.LEDWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:21:00 +08003031 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Electric Vehicles Market Expects Steady Growth, yet the Price of Cobalt Remains a Key Concern for Future Growthhttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3026.html The demand for xEV battery in China sees significant growth in 2017 due to carmakers’ acceleration into electric vehicles production. The global xEV battery demand expects a steady growth from 2 billion units in 2017 to 2.5 billion units in 2018, a Y0Y increase of 24%, says EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce.Green EnergyThu, 23 Nov 2017 11:47:00 +08003026 at http://www.trendforce.comPrices of LED Light Bulbs Continued to Drop in October as Vendors Wanted to Generate More Sales, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3013.htmlLEDinside, a division of TrendForce, reports that the global ASP of LED light bulbs continued its slide in October. Compared with September, the ASP of 40W equivalent LED light bulbs fell by 1.7% to US$6.2. The 60W equivalent counterparts also saw a 1.7% decrease in their ASP to US$7.4.Green EnergyMon, 06 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +08003013 at http://www.trendforce.com