JinkoSolar working with Heraeus on next-gen solar cell R&D activities

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email
Heraeus Photovoltaics said it had signed a major strategic partnership agreement with ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar that will focus on what the company said would be the development of a new generation of “Super PV Cells” with higher efficiencies and lower costs. Image: Heraeus

Major metallization paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics said it had signed a major strategic partnership agreement with ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar that will focus on what the company said would be the development of a new generation of “Super PV Cells” with higher efficiencies and lower costs.

Heraeus said that it started collaborating with JinkoSolar in August 2015, which led to JinkoSolar exclusively using Heraeus’ front-side silver pastes. 

In 2016, JinkoSolar was using tailor-made products from the materials supplier for mono PERC and ‘black silicon’ (multi c-Si wafers cut with diamond wire & textured) cells that provided more than 0.3% efficiency gain and a 15% reduction in the cost per-watt. 

Part of the new agreement includes further efficiency gains and lower production costs related to black silicon cells and N-type monocrystalline cells. 

Andreas Liebheit, President of Heraeus Photovoltaics said, “This is the third time our companies have signed a strategic partnership, and it sets a new benchmark of successful cooperation between upstream and downstream companies for the ever-changing and challenging PV industry. We believe that with a closer cooperation between the two leading companies, PV is expected to become the most economical and widely used energy form in the near future.”

Notably, JinkoSolar has been increasing its R&D activities and as a result the company’s annual R&D spending since 2014 has more than doubled, according to PV Tech’s annual R&D spending report. 

JinkoSolar had previously been a laggard in R&D spending but had leveraged relationships with both equipment and material suppliers to support conversion efficiency gains and lower product costs that have been regarded as the lowest in the industry.

JinkoSolar had previously been a laggard in R&D spending but had leveraged relationships with both equipment and material suppliers to support conversion efficiency gains and lower product costs that have been regarded as the lowest in the industry. 

Increased R&D spending by JinkoSolar in 2016 had focused on P-type mono PERC R&D including migrating to diamond wire and ‘black silicon’ texturing of P-type multi PERC cells as part of the start of research activities on its “Eagle+” solar modules, which were expected to have multicrystalline cells with conversion efficiencies of approximately 20.4% in lab tests by a third party in 2016. The company had also achieved a record P-type multicrystalline cell efficiency of 21.63% in 2016.

Chen Kangping, CEO of JinkoSolar noted, “As one of our key partners, Heraeus Photovoltaics has provided great support to JinkoSolar’s growth over the past three years, and helped us to rank No. 1 with a global PV modules shipment of 6.7GW in 2016. With our shared envision and firm commitment to renewable energies, we are excited to sign this landmark agreement with Heraeus Photovoltaics, and convinced that our cooperation will lead to more fruitful results.”

Read Next

August 10, 2022
Canadian Solar plans to build an integrated PV manufacturing plant in Western China, with a capacity of 200,000MT of high-purity polysilicon, 10GW of both cells and modules and multi-GW productions of raw and auxiliary materials.
PV Tech Premium
August 8, 2022
The price of polysilicon in China rose across the board last week, despite signals that it may have stabilised, constituting the 25th round of price increases this year alone.
August 3, 2022
Global investment in renewable energy reached a record half-year figure of US$226 billion in H1 2022, driven by soaring demand for clean energy technologies amid the ongoing energy and climate crisis, according to a BloombergNEF (BNEF) report.
PV Tech Premium
August 1, 2022
China’s polysilicon price finally stabilised this week, according to the Silicon Industry Branch of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association, following several long-term contracts being signed, helping to reduce market volatility in the short-term.
July 27, 2022
Solar wafer and cell prices have risen once again this week, with the price of polysilicon continuing to climb unabated.
July 21, 2022
The value of Chinese solar PV exports during the first half of 2022 more than doubled year-on-year as module shipments surged, according to new government figures.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
September 7, 2022
15:30 AEST (UTC +10)
Solar Media Events
September 14, 2022
London
Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA
Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event