The 2018 Energy Taiwan took place on September 19th-21st. Energy Taiwan, formerly known as PV Taiwan, put an emphasis on wind power, hydrogen energy, and energy storage this time. The number of booth has increased to 460. NSP, Gintech, and Solartech showcased their products in the name of URE. Canadian Solar, Jinko Solar, and Tongwei also participated in the exhibition.
Taiwan aims to achieve 20GW of PV installation by 2025. Up until July, the PV capacity has reached 2.285GW in Taiwan. In this year’s exhibition, we can see that Taiwanese makers are trying to make a transition from being a pure cell maker to a module or even a system integration manufacturer. Like last year, high-efficiency module still catches a lot of attention. Module technology is still the highlight this year. Not just modules that can fulfill the VPC high-efficiency requirement were showcased, but also a variety of additional functions that are close to the Taiwanese market’s needs was revealed. We can see differentiation and diversities at the exhibition this year.
Module Product Summary :
Almost every top-tier manufacturers showcased half-cut modules in the exhibition this time. Half-cut module has almost become a standard technology for higher efficiency.
Since the efficiencies of conventional PERC and half-cut modules can meet the VPC standard, most of the products showcased were conventional 5BB with antireflection film (AR) or special solder ribbons. The number of module makers that exhibited multi-busbar technology was only three.
Similar to multi-busbar, Taiwan is not looking for higher-efficiency modules at this moment, therefore there were only a few shingled modules revealed.
Mega Sunergy Mono PERC Shingled Module
Tongwei Mono PERC Shingled Module
Tongwei HJT Shingled Module
URE HJT Module
AUO uses M4 wafers with multi-busbar (12BB)
AUO Mono PERC Half-cut 335W MBB Module
AUO Mono PERC 325W MBB Module
AUO Mono PERC 390W MBB Module
Jinko Solar’s latest Cheetah series uses 158mm wafers
Jinko Mono PERC 400W Half-cut Module
Jinko Mono PERC 335W Half-cut Module
We can see from this year’s exhibition that in order to pursue modules with higher efficiencies that meet the VPC standard and to increase the cost effectiveness, the module products exhibited focused more on Bigger wafers, antireflection film (AR), special solder ribbons, and white EVA…and so on.
In addition, in order to match the needs of the Taiwanese market, TSEC launched modules suitable for Taiwan’s topography, emphasizing that water can be naturally emitted and the aluminum frames can be against corrosion; AUO also introduced water surface solar panels to enhance salt and high humidity resistance;
Tainergy and GET(Gintung) came up with lightweight modules. Tainergy launched 50W modules that can be bent and are suitable for logistics vehicles ad ships. GET(Gintung)’s lightweight modules can be used for park trails and bicycle lanes, which benefit the development of a green energy city. Unlike before, module installation was limited by the existing ground. WINAICO’s improved version of back panel applied for unique drainage patent. Meanwhile, Ritek focused on improving roof-top modules in response to the rainy weather in Taiwan. We can see that creating modules with wind and salt resistance as well as water surface modules can bring such importance to the Taiwanese market.
On the other hand, many manufacturers are hoping to transform into an integrated company. Big Sun’s iPV tracker is a successful example. iPV tracker adopts dual-axis technology in response to the 360-degree rotation of the sun angle. It can be built in agricultural lands and fishing rafts to promote the concept of “one land for multi-purpose use”. AUO introduces solar smartcloud monitoring solutions such as sensing trees and data integrators to collect area data for monitoring prompt environmental changes. In the exhibition this time, not only many manufacturers participated in the exhibition with their own system companies, but also there were many changes to the system applications. This shows that Taiwan's manufacturing industry is at a turning point to transform, and is moving towards end-user system deployment.
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