According to Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend, Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers are increasing the ramp of monocrystalline-based cells to expand into new markets.
Taiwanese producers had been hit hard by the latest US anti-dumping decision, having seen sales boosted over the last 12 months by Chinese module manufacturers purchasing cells to avoid the original anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese cells at the end of 2012.
As reported recently by PV Tech, major producers such as Neo Solar Power (NSP) are trying to fill the sales gap left by the Chinese by shipping to markets such as Japan, which for the booming residential market prefer high-efficiency modules using monocrystalline (mono-c-Si) solar cells.
According to EnergyTrend, NSP has shifted almost 50% of cell production to mono-c-Si, while other producers are also shifting production away from multi-c-Si.
Mono-c-Si production in Taiwan is expected to account for 30% to 40% of overall production capacity in 2015, EnergyTrend forecasted.
The adopted cell technology by Taiwan producers is PERC-based, with more than 1GW of capacity, according to the market research firm.