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Huawei pivots to renewable energy as smartphones slump

U.S. sanctions force Chinese company to pursue solar power and storage projects

Huawei Technologies will build an energy storage system at the Red Sea Project, a massive tourism complex under construction on the coast of Saudi Arabia. (Photo courtesy of Red Sea Development Co.)

GUANGZHOU/BARCELONA -- Chinese telecommunications hardware provider Huawei Technologies has turned to solar power and energy storage projects as its smartphone business struggles under U.S. sanctions, but the company's ability to return to growth remains uncertain.

"Digitalization and carbon neutrality are two of the world's hottest topics," Huawei Deputy Chairman Guo Ping said Tuesday in an online speech at the MWC Barcelona mobile tech expo, stressing the need to consider the "new dimension" of carbon reduction.

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