At an event held earlier this month, Jinko, LONGi and JA Solar stated that manufacturing capacity of modules featuring 182mm wafers stood to reach 54GW next year, but even those estimates may prove to be conservative. PV Tech’s Carrie Xiao analyses the impact of industry competition on expansion plans
The PV industry is on track for strong growth in 2020, despite 10 months of the year being shrouded in uncertainty and perennial pessimism. And while almost all in the sector have been lamenting supposed softness in demand this year, attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, it turns out that the limiting factor to production and shipment volumes this year simply comes down to the supply of raw materials, namely polysilicon.
PV CellTech 2020 is taking place online this year, with 27 invited keynote presentations from the leading PV technology stakeholders, during 27-29 October 2020. The scope of the 9 sessions across the 3 days of the online event have been configured to allow the global PV community to assess fully the plethora of new-capacity and new-technology announcements from the past 12-18 months.
The rapid evolution of photovoltaic technology has continued, as modules with peak power outputs in excess of 550W are emerging fast. Driven by a thirst for more power and increasingly larger cells, developers and EPC now face tougher procurement decisions than ever before. But is the industry ready for such a jump? Liam Stoker investigates