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Tongwei Solar: from fish farming operator to leading global solar panel manfacturer

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Tongwei Solar: from fish farming operator to leading global solar panel manfacturer
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Tongwei Solar: from fish farming operator to leading global solar panel manfacturer

2024-04-21 19:01 Last Updated At:19:07

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's Tongwei Solar, known for its global leadership in solar panel production, has its roots in fish farming -- a business it started in 1982 and still thrives today.

This seemingly unusual combination has proven highly profitable. While many of the fish raised are destined for decorative ponds in rural Sichuan Province in southwest China, fish farming remains a significant revenue stream for the company, which has ranked itself among the Fortune Global 500.

"We've installed photovoltaic panels on our aquaculture farm, which is in perfect integration of our fish farming agriculture with photovoltaic power generation,"said Chen Jun, assistant general manager of Tongwei New Energy Co., Ltd.

Though the sites showcasing these integrations serve primarily as demonstrations, Tongwei operates numerous large-scale facilities across China that simultaneously contribute to food supply and energy conservation. This innovative approach addresses the land-intensive nature of traditional photovoltaic power plants.

"When building photovoltaic power plants, we often need to expropriate large areas of land resources. If we use a lot of arable land for photovoltaic power generation, it will not only take up extra land, but also reduce crop production,”Chen said.

Transitioning from fish farming to high-tech solar panel manufacturing in 2006, Tongwei has not only entered but excelled in the photovoltaics industry, becoming a Fortune Global 500 company.

"Tongwei Solar's current annual production capacity of solar cells has reached 90GW. As of the end of 2023, Our global cumulative shipments of solar cell batteries had exceeded 200GW, ranking the first in the world for seven consecutive years,”said Pang Sanfeng, manager of Tongwei Solar (Jintang) Co., Ltd.

Despite facing challenges like price wars and overcapacity in the photovoltaics sector, Tongwei remains optimistic about future growth. The company is also the world's largest producer of polysilicon, which is essential for manufacturing solar panels, and is expanding its production capabilities.

"Our global innovation R and D center is vigorously under construction and is expected to be operational within the year," Pang asid.

In December last year, Tongwei revealed plans to invest nearly 4 billion U.S. dollars in enhancing its silicon production operations, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development and never straying from its original entrepreneurial spirit.

Tongwei Solar: from fish farming operator to leading global solar panel manfacturer

Tongwei Solar: from fish farming operator to leading global solar panel manfacturer

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AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

2024-05-25 00:50 Last Updated At:01:17

Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technologies and AI-themed exhibits are dominating the 20th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) that officially opened in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province on Thursday, ensuring visitors of a brighter and smarter future.

For the first time, the five-day event has set up an international cultural trade exhibition, with an exhibition area spanning 20,000 square meters.

The main venue consists of eight pavilions focused on areas such as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area's cultural industry innovation, the integration of culture and tourism, gaming and e-sports, and Guochao, also known as Chinese trends or "China chic".

A special exhibition of "Cultural and Creative China" has been set up at the fair to showcase the latest achievements in promoting the creative transformation and innovative development of fine traditional Chinese culture.

Visitors can have an immersive experience at the historical sites across China without personally visiting them via the cutting-edge AI applications.

The state-of-the-art technologies can also "revive" the ancient people who passed away thousands of years ago, helping visitors understand more about history and civilizations through the analysis of available data. Additionally, people can use AI to create interactive experiences and simulated conversations with the historical figures.

An AI-controlled mouse that can listen to users' voice commands and convert them into text wows visitors. Exhibitors say the tool is expected to be a game-changer to make our jobs more convenient and efficient.

According to the organizers, the event held offline and online simultaneously has attracted over 6,000 government entities, cultural organizations and enterprises, with more than 120,000 exhibits on display.

More than 300 overseas exhibitors from 60 countries and regions are participating in the fair.

Established in 2004, the fair has become a leading cultural event in China and an important platform to assist the Chinese culture in going global.

AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

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