The high power 600W+ PV industry will play a critical role in helping China achieve its goals of achieving a CO2 emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, says Gao Jifan, honorary president of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association.
Gao, who is also chairman of Trina Solar, made his remarks in an address at the recent SNEC event in Shanghai. “The key to accomplishing the goal of carbon neutrality lies in giving precedence to wind and PV power, while minimizing or even eradicating thermal power,” he said.
Gao talked of market trends, the latest technological achievements and the way to carbon neutrality, and said new-energy industries are more important than ever before.
Talking of the historic opportunities for the PV industry, Gao set out his vision for its growth.
“Industry coordination with mutual innovation and shared benefits will create a new, customer-centric industry ecosystem that will help achieve carbon neutrality,” he continued.
The vision was already being realized, he said. Last year, Trina Solar unveiled its 600W Vertex module series and strongly advocated deep end-to-end supply chain integration and innovation, leading dozens of other companies to jointly found the 600W+ PV Open Innovation Ecological Alliance.
The 600W+ industry chain drives technological innovation and harnesses the strengths of each segment, while coordinating the supply chain. It also promotes standardization and wards off potential risks from excessive overlapping investment in same-class technology as the industry is upgraded, he added.
The alliance now has 78 companies as members, he continued, covering the whole supply chain, including silicon wafers, cells, system integration processes and certification bodies. The aim is to restructure the supply chain into a new and complete ecosystem.
“This opens new avenues for reducing LCOE and accelerates the industry’s move toward carbon neutrality, both in China and worldwide.”
“As a world leading PV and smart energy IoT total solutions provider, Trina Solar has now moved into the 3.0 age. The company is committed to its mission of solar for all and will continue to do all it can to achieve a carbon-free world, based on renewable energy.”