Sales of Huawei’s solar panels may pose a threat to the US grid, as several congressmen, both Democrats and Republicans, recently warned.
New disagreements between Huawei and the United States: since the US Congress have put the focus on the possible cyberthreatment involving the solar panels of the Chinese company, which could be a simple target for hackers. According to the Financial Times, congressmen have described Huawei’s solar equipment as a danger for the country’s electricity supply, which could be slowed down, interrupted by cyber attacks perpetrated by hackers. The intelligence services have alerted the companies about the risk they run, urging safeguarding the energy infrastructure.
This is one more chapter in the increasingly tense relationship between the North American and Asian countries: only a few weeks ago Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s financial director and daughter of the founder, Ren Zhengfei, in Canada, accused of raping, was arrested. the sanctions imposed on Iran. On the other hand, the technology company is being investigated by the US Attorney for an alleged theft of trade secrets from companies associated with the United States, such as T-Mobile.
There are many politicians and members of the Trump Administration who believe that from Beijing they could use Huawei’s technology for espionage and cyber attacks, something that the Chinese company has denied outright. Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, was adamant that the company has never done spying for China and admitted that if countries veto their technology sales will suffer in 2019.
Authorities have also pressured their allies to limit Huawei’s sales of equipment prepared for the deployment of the future 5G network. A bill has also been launched this week that would ban sales of US equipment to Chinese companies that violate US sanctions. With regard to solar panels, Huawei is willing to carry out tests and collaborate with the authorities to attest that its photovoltaic technology is free of vulnerabilities and dangers.
“Everything we do in the country complies with cybersecurity regulations,” said Bates Marshall, responsible for the company’s solar business in the US.