China intends to control capacity expansion of its PV industry more strictly

China intends to control the expansion of production capacity in the PV sector more strictly, and to promote more innovations.

To this end, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced that new guidelines have been adopted, reports news agency, Reuters. The new provisions are also a reaction to the duties imposed by President Donald Trump on the imports of PV products to the U.S.

The MIIT guidelines establish that Chinese PV manufacturers must invest at least ten million yuan, or just under €1.3 million, in research and development annually. In addition, according to Reuters, minimum standards for the efficiency of solar cells and the power losses of solar modules have been set. The article, however, does not provide specific details.

With the further development of the technology, and the development of the “Top Runner Program” over the past three years, production costs for Chinese PV manufacturers should continue to fall. In addition, particularly efficient PV products are being subsidized by the state.

According to Reuters, China’s manufacturing capacity at the end of 2017 was 87 GW for wafers and 68 H
GW for solar cells.