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Capacity expansions: Two tales at two different scales

Following on from our recent piece on what is driving the largest ever wave of manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in the PV industry, a few real-world examples may shine further light on this topic.

What is driving the mass wave of solar manufacturer capacity expansions?

The China-based PV manufacturing industry has been in a massive capacity expansion phase since 2019. This intensified in the first quarter of 2020 but had eased off through the year, but the cumulative figures are jaw dropping, which has led to real fears of overcapacity in 2021.

Aiko Solar aims to tap into European R&D, one step at a time

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.

ST Haiyuan entering PV industry with 10GW of cell and module plans in China

A small automation and composites manufacturer, Fujian Haiyuan Composite Material Technology Co (ST Haiyuan) has entered into a framework agreement with Jiangsu Gaoyou Economic Development Zone in Gaoyou City, Jiangsu province China to build a 10GW high-efficiency solar cell and module assembly plant at cost of around US$1.6 billion.

Jolywood touts 24.5% TOPCon cell efficiency for volume manufacturing

China-based PV backsheet and high-efficiency PV module manufacturer Jolywood (Suzhou) Sunwatt Co (Jolywood) believes its latest iteration of an n-type TOPCon (Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact) can achieve 24.5% conversion efficiencies in volume production, the highest in China for such a cell architecture.

Trina Solar on path to exceed 2019 financial results

‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar reported an 18.66% increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2020 compared to the prior year period, setting the company on a path to exceed 2019 financial results in the fourth quarter after several years of annual revenue declines.