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Department of Commerce

Big Tariffs in US-China Solar Panel Trade Case; No Settlement in Sight

June 7, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

The Department of Commerce found for the petitioner, SolarWorld, and levied substantial tariffs in its just-announced preliminary finding in the Chinese solar module trade investigation. Commerce imposed preliminary duties on imports of panels made by Suntech, Trina Solar, and most other Chinese producers.[read more]

Thinking About Disruptions in the Advanced Battery Supply Chain

March 24, 2012 by James Greenberger

Photo by Danny Fowler via Flickr

Disruptions to the supply chain of processed materials and finished goods can be far more destructive than disruptions to raw material supplies. If lithium carbonate or rare earth metal supplies are disrupted, new mines or sources of supply can simply be opened when prices rise above a certain point. Processed materials and finished goods, however, are more problematic. Producing processed materials and finished goods requires human experience and know-how. If this experience and know-how is lost as a consequence of a disruption in the manufacture of processed materials or finished goods, simple price signals may be insufficient to restart production. The deficit will be more critical and of much longer term.[read more]

Exports A Big Opportunity for U.S. Advanced Battery Manufacturers

August 26, 2011 by James Greenberger

The U.S. government is waking up to this possibly good news story. At the 2011 NAATBatt Annual Meeting and Conference on September 7-8, 2011 in Louisville, representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Export-Import Bank of the United States and the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank) will talk about programs and incentives which can help U.S. battery manufacturers take advantage of growing foreign markets for their products. In addition, Terry Copeland, CEO of Altairnano Technologies, and Chris Cowger, CEO of Ener1 will talk about how they see opportunities for advanced energy storage in the export market. Both Altairnano and Ener1 have recently focused on that market with some success.[read more]

US Dept of Commerce Says Cleantech Exports Add Jobs

August 2, 2011 by Benjamin Lack

Francisco Sanchez, Department of Commerce Under Secretary, discusses how much emphasis is being placed on exporting clean tech solutions. Full Transcript: Ben Lack: I’m here with Under Secretary of Commerce, Francisco Sanchez. Thanks so much for being with us. Francisco Sanchez:  Thank you, Ben. Good to be with you. Ben Lack:...[read more]