IPVSEE 2010: Key issues hindering ramp up of China's PV market

These include grid integration, as well as sand storms and other unusual environmental conditions found in the country. To improve the situation, the government is not only pushing large-scale demonstration projects, but other measures are being launched to boost the country’s know-how in this market.

For example, Mr. Zhang Jie, vice chairman of the Energy Department & Research Center of the China Investment Association described a demonstration plant just north of Beijing in Yanqing, where one megawatt (MW) of power will be produced as early as next year using a wide range of PV technologies. The aim is to assess the pros and cons of different ways of producing solar power under Chinese conditions.

In Yanqing, these conditions are 2,600 to 2,800 hours of sunlight per year, so excellent irradiation, but with an occasional sandstorm to contend with.

The two-day conference also reviewed China’s efforts to develop a domestic market for PV products. So far, the focus has been on utility scale projects, but even here the evaluation phase is still running after the Chinese Government recently awarded thirteen PV power plant projects to Chinese state-owned enterprises. Altogether, 135 bids were submitted for these projects, but no private firm was successful and foreign firms did not even participate in this tender.

The Golden Sun PV Industry Summit was held from 26 – 27 September alongside the IPVSEE 2010 exhibition, which opened its doors yesterday at the China Trade Center and will run until the 29. Around 50 exhibitors from China and overseas are attending, according to Mrs. Cristina Marino, International Communication Assistant Manager at Euro-China Solar Promotion Association.

Euro-China Solar teamed up with China Renewable Energy Society and their PV Solar Committee to organize both the IPVSEE exhibition and conference.