COVID lockdowns in China exacerbating solar and energy storage shipping crisis

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email
The Port of Shanghai (pictured) is the world’s busiest container port, but is experiencing major delays as a result of lockdowns in Shanghai. Image: Alex Needham.

COVID-related lockdowns in China are causing port congestion and delays to shipments of clean energy materials, exacerbating an already tight supply chain situation.

COVID-19 infections have spiralled in China in recent weeks, with both Shanghai and Ningbo having been placed into stringent lockdowns. Shanghai and Ningbo are also the locations of two critical ports and sea freight hubs and combined are said to handle the significant majority – upwards of 90% – of solar module export volume from China.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Unlock unlimited access for 12 whole months of distinctive global analysis

Photovoltaics International is now included.

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Unlimited digital access to the PV Tech Power journal catalogue
  • Unlimited digital access to the Photovoltaics International journal catalogue
  • Access to more than 1,000 technical papers
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

In a note issued last week, JinkoSolar said that congestion at ports had increased by nearly ten-fold in the past fortnight, with shipping giant Maersk also warning of major transportation delays as a result of the Shanghai lockdown.

Road freight in the region has also been restricted as a result of the lockdowns.

JinkoSolar said that while congestion at the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo usually worsens in April, delays being felt now are worse than normal and, as a result, the ‘Solar Module Super League’ manufacturer has warned of longer delivery times and increases in transportation costs.

“It is not a single logistic issue; it impacts all export cargo. So, understanding and patience are needed, and being updated with the latest shipping information is also necessary. Since the very beginning of this breakout in Shanghai, Jinkosolar has kept close communication and cooperation with vessels suppliers to prioritise handling of queued containers, planning for knock-on effects to minimise the impact of the lockdown on the port’s vessel backlog,” Dany Qian, VP at JinkoSolar, said.

JinkoSolar has also recommended that wherever possible, EPCs and distributors increase inventory levels and secure orders for projects as soon as possible, with pricing trends unlikely to fall.

Delays are also being experienced in the energy storage space, with developer Ameresco declaring force majeure on a 2.1GWh project under development in California because of delays in the transport of lithium-ion batteries meant for the site.

Sister publication Energy-Storage.news has the full story here.

Shipping congestion has been felt across most of the world’s major ports over the past 12 months and while it has eased of late, US developers and EPCs were known to be experiencing major delays at the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles throughout Q4 2021 and Q1 2022, as many manufacturers noted in their respective results disclosures.

An extensive review of shipping availability and pricing, including forecasts of transportation costs into 2023, is included within the forthcoming edition of PV Tech Power, published later this month.

8 October 2024
San Francisco Bay Area, USA
PV Tech has been running an annual PV CellTech Conference since 2016. PV CellTech USA, on 8-9 October 2024 is our second PV CellTech conference dedicated to the U.S. manufacturing sector. The event in 2023 was a sell out success and 2024 will once again gather the key stakeholders from PV manufacturing, equipment/materials, policy-making and strategy, capital equipment investment and all interested downstream channels and third-party entities. The goal is simple: to map out PV manufacturing in the U.S. out to 2030 and beyond.

Read Next

Premium
May 24, 2024
Quarterly reports from China’s big-five PV module producers highlight the challenges PV manufacturers face in maintaining profitability.
May 21, 2024
Major Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar has released a 2,000 volt solar module after receiving technological qualifications from tech certification firm UL Solutions.
May 14, 2024
Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar has provided 1.1 million modules to solar developer Move On Energy’s 650MW solar park in Germany.
April 29, 2024
Leading Chinese module manufacturer JinkoSolar has published its financial results for the first quarter of 2024, which include over 21GW of shipments and total revenues of RMB23.04 billion (US$3.19 billion), a slight year-on-year (YoY) fall.
April 24, 2024
On 23 April, JinkoSolar released its 2023 annual performance report, posting PV module shipments of 78.52GW throughout the year.
April 23, 2024
JinkoSolar has announced plans to supply engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Nyox Srl with 100MW of its Tiger Neo modules.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 29, 2024
11am (EDT) / 5pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
June 4, 2024
London, UK
Upcoming Webinars
June 11, 2024
3:00 PM (BST) / 4:00 PM (CEST)
Solar Media Events
July 2, 2024
Athens, Greece