ZNSHINE unveils new power optimizing technology, announces expansion plans


A gathering of 40 industry experts and media representatives were in attendance as Stuart P. Brannigan, ZNSHINE SOLAR’s VP of sales and marketing for Europe and America – and a well-known veteran of the PV industry – outlined the company’s expansion plans for 2014 and beyond.

The privately owned China-based manufacturer of ingots, cells and wafers has offices in 10 countries around the world (including Germany), delivering a yearly production capacity of 500 MW via its three manufacturing facilities, located in China, Japan and South Africa.

Brannigan revealed that the company is also planning to manufacture closer to customers in MENA and Latin America. "We don’t want to be the number one company in terms of gigawatts produced," said Brannigan. "Rather, we want to manufacture close to our customers in order to further reduce the cost per MW for our customers."

He underlined that ZNSHINE has enjoyed five years of profitable quarters, due largely to the fact that the company is able to put "manufacturing facilities in locations that give us a special edge," affirmed Brannigan.

The company’s strategic alliance to Japan is a key value in ZNSHINE’s strategic operations, said Brannigan, enabling them to offer Japanese-made modules with a high quality reputation, and also export modules below the minimum prices for Chinese importers into the EU.

New technology

ZNSHINE’s newly developed Pulse solar noise filter was also unveiled at the Solarpraxis pre-forum dinner and press conference. The technology – which ZNSHINE claims can improve cell efficiency by up to 30% – was developed by Toru Kinjoh, lead scientist at e-Spirit Co., Ltd, a Japanese partner of ZNSHINE.

The live demonstration of the Pulse solar noise filter aimed to show how it can reduce energy loss and boost output of solar power of PV systems by up to 30%. The Pulse works by sending an oscillating frequency into the cells that creates a magnetic field, forcing electrons through the cells more quickly, thus reducing friction and heat, and improving the cell’s performance.

Dr. Kinjoh said at the presentation that he has spent nearly 15 years working on the technique and patented technology, adding: "The noise appearing in the power transmission process has always been an issue in the industry. By reducing the noise we are able to increase the power plant output by up to 30%."