SNEC shows China's PV strength, with help from Solar Superheroes

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The long-awaited return of the SNEC solar exhibition in Shanghai, China, did not disappoint. Held annually in the Chinese city, this year’s edition began on May 24 and will run until tomorrow, May 26, bringing together the great and the good of the global solar industry at the home of its largest market – China.

Amid the usual hustle and bustle on the show floor was a new spectacle this year, the reassuring presence of the Solar Superheroes, brought to life to resume their mission – in the flesh – of returning coal to its rightful position: underground.

The Superheroes met a rapturous reception wherever they walked, and are sure to crop up in many attendees’ photos from the show over the coming days. Here are a few taken by pv magazine, to give you a taste of the show and the Superheroes’ popularity.

Snapshots of day one

Advanced Solar Power Inc., a Chinese company located in Hangzhou and which focuses its PV business on CdTe thin-film PV products, revealed their cautious expansion plan to pv magazine. Their current capacity for CdTe thin-film cell is about 20 MW and by end of 2016, that capacity is going to be around 40 MW, rising to 100 MW by end of 2017. They believe that CdTe products have a better prospective than CIGS.

The capacity utilization of Lerri Solar hit a new high in the first half of 2016, and the company has had to reject orders from some of their customers, pv magazine has learnt. The situation will get better with the commissioning of new production lines at their Taizhou factory. The first 150 MW of phase one began operation on April 18, and more is to follow.

JA Solar announced the remarkable achievement of supplying almost 50% (420 MW of 950 MW total) of the total modules shipped for the first demonstration project of the Front Runner program of China’s PV industry, which is located in Datong City, Shanxi Province. JA Solar announced that their module shipments for 2015 were around 3.6 GW and the estimated shipment for 2016 is about 5.5 GW.

China Triumph International Engineering Co.,Ltd, which is a sub-company to CTIEC, announced today that they have invested in a production capacity for CdTe thin-film cells of 100 MW. All equipment is to come from leading German suppliers.

Several major companies have formed a loose company group to regulate and coordinate their business development and operation, and are trying to build the group’s industrial standards. The initial sponsors include Huawei, Sungrow and Jolywood. Other companies involved in the cooperation include First Solar, ABB, JA Solar and Risen.

And finally, Consultant of the State Council, President of China Renewable Energy Association, Shi Dinghuan gave a speech today in which he encouraged all industrial participants to be more patient regarding the government’s renewable policy, and more optimistic and confident towards China’s PV industry. Since China has already set up its target for carbon emission reductions, the development of renewable energy, especially PV, is very secure, he said.

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