Hanwha Q CELLS touts solar module supplier leadership in Japan for 2017

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Hanwha Q CELLS Japan also provides localized products and solutions that have been adapted to meet the needs of the typical Japanese household, such as smaller 32- and 48-cell modules that are better suited to Japanese residential rooftops. Also, the Q.HOME+ all-in-one storage solution, which is comprised of a battery, inverter and energy management system is available in Japan. Image: Hanwha Q Cells

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS has endorsed a third party market research report that has made the company the largest supplier of solar modules in Japan in 2017.

The SMSL had claimed to have previously been the leading overseas-based module supplier to Japan since 2013. The Japanese market had previously been dominated by domestic firms such as Kyocera, Sharp and Panasonic. Kyocera and Sharp had both been the top ranked supplier in past years but have been losing market share to overseas rivals such as Hanwha Q Cells for many years due to a lack of cost competitiveness and product differentiation. 

According to an independent report, published by Japanese market research company Fuji Keizai, Hanwha Q CELLS  module shipments to Japan were higher any other supplier, including China-based manufacturers.

The SMSL was said to have had module shipments of 770MW in 2017. The company had previously touted that its largest market had become Europe, followed by the US, Japan, India, Turkey and China.

Before Hanwha Q CELLS stopped providing quarterly regional shipment figures in 2016, the Japanese market could account for around 12% of shipments or around 550MW of module shipments to Japan in 2016, according to PV Tech’s analysis. Revenue from Japan was US$284.0 million in 2016 and had been steadily rising since 2014. 

The SMSL also cited that the Japanese residential PV sector was enjoying a renaissance, said to be due to the country’s Zero Energy House (ZEH) directive.
According to consulting firm RTS Corporation, residential installations rather than commercial and utility-scale markets are expected to push 2018 PV installations in Japan to as high as 7.5GW.
More than half of new homes in Japan being built by 2020 should have zero emissions, with solar a key part of meeting the ZEH directive and something expected to be a catalyst within the EU in a few years.

Read Next

July 13, 2021
Solar PV capacity in Asia Pacific could triple to 1,500GW by 2030, with China driving deployment and Indonesia set to be the region’s fastest-growing market, according to Wood Mackenzie.
July 7, 2021
Japan is aiming to have 108GW of solar capacity by 2030, 1.7 times higher than the country’s previous target.
June 30, 2021
Japan’s eighth solar auction, for projects with a generation capacity of more than 250kW, has closed with bidders securing a total of 208MW.
PV Tech Premium
June 23, 2021
US-based solar manufacturers have enthusiastically backed proposed tax credits that they say could enable the country to meet its PV equipment demands domestically while creating tens of thousands of new jobs.
June 15, 2021
The US installed more than 5GWdc of solar capacity in Q1 2021, taking its cumulative capacity past the 100GW barrier, but supply chain constraints could pose a major barrier to further growth.
June 2, 2021
The first phase of GCL System Integration Technology's (GCL-SI) 60GW module factory in Hefei, in China’s Anhui Province, is on track to start production this September.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
July 29, 2021
Upcoming Webinars
August 19, 2021
At 9am (PT) | 6pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
August 25, 2021
Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
October 6, 2021