PV production capacity expansions are expected to gather pace in 2016 and beyond as plans outlined by manufacturers over the past two years come to fruition. PV Tech has been tracking which cell technologies are currently finding favour among the leading manufacturers and which are therefore likely to feature most in the next round of capital equipment spending. This section brings together highlights from our recent coverage of this critical topic, many of which will be under discussion at the inaugural PV CellTech conference organised by Solar Media taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 16-17 March 2016.
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment specialist SoLayTec, a subsidiary of Amtech Systems has received a number of new tool orders from a range of customers planning p-type PERC, n-type IBC and bi-facial solar cell production in 2016.
Despite year-end push outs for PERC upgrades, Meyer Burger was comfortably the leading PV equipment supplier by recognised revenues for 2015, marking the end-point of a challenging repositioning in strategy for capital equipment supply to the PV industry in the past four years.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reported a 40% increase in new order intake in 2015, reaching CHF418.9 million (US$432 million).
According to SolarWorld’s 186-page annual report for 2015, and a presentation by Dr. Holger Neuhaus, Managing Director, SolarWorld Innovations GmbH at the inaugural PV CellTech conference held in Malaysia last week, high-efficiency products will be the key focus of its expanded manufacturing capacity and technology migrations in 2016.
When Jan Marc Luchies from Tempress Systems (Amtech Systems) took to the stage last week – on the second day of the inaugural PVCellTech conference in Kuala Lumpur on 17 March 2016 – equipment supplier Amtech Systems capitalized on this platform with a press release to highlight a sharp uptick in new order intake for its PV operations over the past two months, taking the company’s solar bookings to approximately US$50 million since October 2015.
The second day of our inaugural PV CellTech conference in Kuala Lumpur on 17 March 2016 turned out to be equally informative, engaging and thought-provoking as day one. Among the many takeaways from the two-day event in general, the final session addressed head-on one of the most hotly debated issues in the industry today – the technology roadmap!
PV manufacturing capacity expansions planned this year are expected to push production levels beyond anticipated demand in 2016, creating further cost pressures for suppliers.
In a packed hall - including almost every key stakeholder involved in solar cell manufacturing today - the presentations and discussions on the first day of the inaugural PVCellTech conference in Kuala Lumper clearly revealed the true extent of how much c-Si solar cell manufacturing has progressed in the past couple of years.
Producing one multicrystalline silicon solar module per second does not suggest that the technology is about to disappear, based on the headline presentation at the first day of the inaugural PV CellTech conference in Malaysia.
Major electronics gasses and chemicals supplier Linde Group has been awarded a number of gas and chemical supply contracts for new solar cell plants being establish in Southeast Asia by leading PV manufacturers.
The second largest ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar is finally getting serious about rebalancing its solar cell to module in-house capacity as well as dedicating a significant amount cell capacity to monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology.
Talking about a PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) revolution today is probably a bit premature; the term PERC is still being somewhat hijacked as a soundbite by marketing departments across Asia, including module suppliers whose involvement at the cell production stage is limited to ordering crates of cells.
PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements for February 2016 have revealed over 5.4GW of planned future expansions.
Work carried out by nanoelectronic research centre imec and equipment supplier BESI and wholly owned subsidiary, Meco Equipment Engineers has shown PV modules featuring copper plated solar cells are highly reliable and outperform IEC61215 life test criteria with only 1% degradation.
The chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, Jifan Gao, has raised the spectre of module overcapacity in 2016. Mark Osborne asks if the global solar industry should be worried.
Meyer Burger has introduced the DW288 Series 3 diamond wire cutting tool that has been specially designed for use with extremely thin wires.
As the countdown to the solar industry's first dedicated real-world cell technolgy conference begins, Finlay Colville looks at the key topics for solar cell manufacturers and what will be under discussion at the event later this month.
Struggling renewables firm SunEdison has partnered with Chinese state-owned enterprise, Jinneng Group to build a 1.5GW integrated n-type monocrystalline heterojunction production facility in Shanxi Jinzhong Industrial Park, Shanxi, China.
The forthcoming PV CellTech conference in Malaysia, 16-17 March 2016, is poised to unveil the key issues that will underpin c-Si solar cell manufacturing over the next few years.
PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements for January, 2016 have revealed over 9.5GW of planned future expansions.
New research undertaken by Solar Intelligence, part of PV Tech’s parent company Solar Media Ltd., can exclusively reveal the forecasted breakdown of production for the different technologies being used within the solar industry in 2016.
China-based module assembly automation specialist Suzhou Horad New Energy Equipment Co (Horad) has secured a new 500MW automated turnkey module line order from Xinneng Solar.
Nanoelectronics research centre imec and energy giant Total, majority owner of US-based PV energy provider, SunPower, have extended an R&D collaboration to embrace a number of advanced technologies, including n-type PERT bi-facial solar cells and novel low-cost module interconnection concepts.
Diversified Chinese enterprise Hengdian Group DMEGC Magnetics Co (DMEGC) has started construction of a new 500MW integrated monocrystalline solar cell and module plant in Hengdian, Zhejiang Province, China for subsidiary, DMEGC Solar Energy.
Disparity over a potential global shortage of primarily multicystalline solar wafers has emerged after two market research firms have recently issued contrasting views.
Could 2016 really be the year for PERC to become mainstream for cell manufacturing, and continue to drive forward p-type c-Si performance levels? If so, then PERC would rightfully become the must-have upgrade route for many of the cell makers that typically wait for technologies to be proven, and then move quickly to retain competitiveness, writes Finlay Colville.
Recently, First Solar provided updates to the market on 2016 company operations, but hidden within the details is potentially a more relevant metric relating to the competitive positioning of their CdTe panels with the main competition in the market today, p-type multi c-Si modules.
In only the last two quarters of 2015, PV module shipments and full-year guidance from the six ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) players has changed significantly. Mark Osborne reveals the manufacturers set to take the top spots this year.
The big-six c-Si module suppliers in the solar PV industry today – collectively known now as the ‘Silicon Module Super League' – are forecast to take their collective market share of global module supply to almost 50% this, writes Finlay Colville.
Solar Media, the publishing and events parent company of PV Tech and its sister publication, the leading technical journal Photovoltaics International, is today announcing the inaugural 'PVCellTech' conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 16-17 March 2016.
According to PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing expansion plans for the month of October 2015, new announcements reached 1.1GW in relation to thin film, c-Si solar cell and module assembly.
A breakaway 'super league' of silicon module suppliers looks on course to take a 40% market share in 2015, writes Finlay Colville.