One of the largest merchant solar cell producers in the world, Aiko Solar has now established a base in Europe, with the intention of accessing the best of the R&D activities the region can provide. PV Tech speaks to Dr Christian Peter, managing director at Solarlab Aiko Lab Europe, to determine the direction of that European facility.
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.