During the recent series of articles on PV-Tech - outlining the drivers, methodology and validation of the new PV ModuleTech Bankability ratings for PV module suppliers - one of the key inputs required to generate the overall supplier bankability score (and rating class) was the financial strength of each company.
PV Tech has been covering analysis of R&D expenditures of PV manufacturers for over a decade. This blog anticipates some of the key trends set to be fully revealed in the forthcoming edition of technical journal Photovoltaics International.
The PV industry roadmap - and related metrics of technology and bankability - are now being driven by leading module supplier, JinkoSolar, with others seeking to replicate Jinko’s product line options, trying to differentiate in markets that are receptive to low-cost alternatives, or focusing only on rooftop markets where volumes are lower and sales/distribution efforts are more intensive.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Trina Solar has achieved ‘Top Performer’ status in the 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard report issued by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) in collaboration with DNV GL, for the fifth consecutive time.
TÜV Rheinland has awarded the first small group of PV module manufacturers with certification against LeTID (Light and elevated Temperature Induced Degradation), also known as Carrier Induced Degradation (CID).
Trina Solar has launched a new high-performance module series using large-area n-Type monocrystalline TOPCon (Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact) cell technology in both half-cut 144 (72-cell) and 120 half-cut (60-cell) configurations.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Trina Solar has set a conversion efficiency record of 24.58% for an i-TOPCon (Industrial Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact) bifacial solar cell using a super-sized 244.62 cm2 wafer.
Ahead of PV Tech launching its new PV IndiaTech conference, on 24-25 April 2019, in Delhi, I review in this blog what the event is all about, and why the timing of the event has turned out to be perfect as India debates how to create a sustainable manufacturing segment that supplies quality modules to its downstream segments.
PV CellTech 2019 takes place in Penang, Malaysia on 12-13 March 2019, and the agenda of industry speakers is now complete, in what is set to be the most exciting PV CellTech conference since we launched the series back in 2016.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar is to supply its mono-PERC bifacial ‘DUOMAX’ Twin dual-glass modules to EDF Renewables' two PV power projects in France that meet the CRE4.1 and CRE4.2 low-carbon footprint contract requirements.
PV is increasingly becoming the cheapest energy source and therefore has become the energy source with the highest yearly capacity additions! Even in 2018, after some scepticism right after SNEC 2018, due to the announcement of the Chinese Government to stop supporting PV as intensively as in 2017, more than 100GW (109GW) have been installed worldwide (we actually bet a crate of beer on that!) and 125GW has been forecasted to be installed in 2019.