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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Hanergy / The company using thin-film solar to bring power to everyday households

By: Lesly Lotha - Posted on: November 8, 2018 | Cambodia

Hanergy is a thin-film solar power company from China that was established in 2009. It was selected as one of the 50 smartest companies in the world back in 2014, after establishing itself as a worldwide brand. Southeast Asia Globe speaks to Wang Yi, the company’s sales director in Cambodia, who talks about the futuristic technology and a growing marketplace in Southeast Asia

Hanergy’s HanTile makes it possible to achieve zero-energy consumptions. The name HanTile is derived from ‘Qin bricks and Han tiles’, which implies respect for and inheritance of the Chinese culture Photo: Hanergy

Hanergy describes itself as a “thin-film” solar power company. Can you elaborate on what thin film (solar power) is and how it distinguishes itself?
As the name suggests, thin film solar panels are made with solar cells that have light absorbing layers about 350 times smaller than that of a standard silicon panel. Because of their narrow design and the efficient semiconductor built into their cells, thin film solar cells are the lightest photovoltaic (PV) cell you can find while still maintaining strong durability.

There is a huge opportunity for thin film in the residential sector: larger houses with adequate roof space can benefit from economies-of-scale installation as well as the aesthetic benefits of the frameless and single or double glass layer of thin film models that are commonly offered by the leading manufacturers. If aesthetics is a strong priority for your PV installation, thin film may end up being the most cost-effective way to get the look you want. As market efficiencies of these panels continue to increase in 2018, thin film could make a strong entry into the residential market.

This article is part of a series promoting the use of clean energy, in advance of Clean Energy Week in Cambodia and Inspire Asean – The Future of Energy in Phnom Penh on 7 November, 2018. Click here to register for the event

Hanergy products such as solar panels, solar chargers and the solar USB bag are sold online in places like Alibaba and Amazon. What was the concept behind the creation of these products?
Today’s advanced mobile energy applications allow people to use electricity freely no matter where they are. Hanergy has developed a series of thin-film based consumer products including solar backpacks, solar power banks and mobile phone cases, which provide an eco-friendly solution to the problem of battery charging in the era of mobile Internet.

Hanergy’s sales director in Cambodia Wang Yi

What differences do you see between regions that are buying your products?California’s new solar panel policy was enacted in May 2018 and it gives the solar roof a promising business future, so definitely, Hanergy US will leverage this policy to promote HanTile there. Similar policies [have been] enacted in Japan and Australia.

Likewise, as a rapidly developing country, there is an ever-growing demand for electricity in Cambodia. Unfortunately, electricity in Cambodia is still relatively costly in comparison to its regional neighbours, which affects the competitiveness of companies operating in the country.

The Cambodian government has recognised the benefits and has recently adopted its first regulation on solar energy. In addition, the Cambodian government has legislation in the pipeline that provides incentives to companies investing in solar energy, which further reflects the government’s commitment to sustainable energy.

What are some of Hanergy’s on-going or future projects and plans for Southeast Asia?
Hanergy is gearing up to fast-track its major expansion plan in Southeast Asia. The company has [plans] to launch its own thin-film solar manufacturing line in Vietnam and some other countries [in the region].

While Hanergy’s Cambodia company has just been set up, we’re constantly on the lookout to partner with local companies to introduce our thin-film solar products, new and clean energy solutions to Cambodian market.

In addition to its utility for shade and shelter, Humbrella can generate and store electric power Photo: Hanergy

Have you seen a certain change in people’s outlook on solar energy in recent years, and what are your expectations for the future?
Many nations have installed significant solar power capacity into their electrical grids to supplement or provide an alternative to conventional alternative sources. The evolution of solar energy over the past decade has surpassed all expectations. Global installed capacity and production from all renewable technologies has increased substantially, and supporting policies have continued to spread to more countries in all regions of the world.

Evidently, solar PV is entering a new era.  The development of novel solar power technologies is considered to be one of many key solutions towards fulfilling a worldwide increasing demand for energy.

Currently, new technologies are being employed to generate electricity from harvested solar energy. These approaches have already been proven and are widely practised throughout the world as renewable alternatives to conventional non-hydro technologies.

Worldwide growth of photovoltaics is extremely dynamic and varies strongly by country. We hope that more nations come up with conducive policies to fuel the growth in the sector globally in coming years.