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Why TOPCon is leading the n-type market breakthrough

This year has seen a raft of developments in n-type technology, as the PV manufacturing industry looks to keep both efficiency and long-term performance figures rising. There are a few different cell technologies gaining ground under the banner of n-type, however, tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) looks set to be first to gain a real share of the module market. In this pv magazine Webinar, we analyze market trends and the potential for TOPCon over the coming years, and take a closer look at some of the technological developments allowing this. Chinese manufacturer Jolywood will share details of its technological progress and impressive expansion plans for TOPCon, as well as the increased reliability that allowed it to partner with insurance provider Munich Re to offer 30 years of warranty protection to customers.

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Why TOPCon is leading the n-type market breakthrough

While PERC is the technology behind the vast majority of PV modules rolling off production lines today, n-type technologies offer higher performance and better long-term reliability. As challenges in their large-scale production are overcome, and costs for the two come closer to parity, the solar industry is taking notice.

Among n-type technologies, tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) has several advantages that will likely make it the market leader and first to take significant market share away from the established PERC technologies. Chinese manufacturer Jolywood is among the companies betting big on TOPCon, with plans to expand its manufacturing capacity to 16 GW over the next few years.

During this pv magazine Webinar, Jolywood’s deputy general manager Chen Jia will be on hand to take us through the company’s technological achievements, and the advantages of TOPCon technology in comparison with both p-type PERC and other n-type rivals. And we’ll hear more about the improved reliability of TOPCon products, demonstrated in Jolywood and Munich Re’s partnership offering a 12-year product & materials warranty, and a 30-year performance warranty for Jolywood’s modules. Sinney Leung, director of business development for green tech solutions at Munich Re will join the program to discuss why TOPCon’s increased reliability is key to making such partnerships possible and enabling Jolywood’s clients to secure their long-term investments.

Finally, to help us gauge the size of the opportunity here, Derek Zhao – senior analyst at PV InfoLink will share forecasts for the development of TOPCon technology in the coming years, which comes with big expectations for product performance, manufacturing capacity and market share.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Benefits and advantages of TOPCon technology
  • Comparison with PERC and n-type rivals
  • Cell/module technology market overview
  • Long-term performance and updated warranty terms
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Mark Hutchins from pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Chen Jia | Deputy of General Manager, Jolywood

Dr. Jia CHEN obtained his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore, then worked in IMEC focusing on the development of high efficiency n-type silicon solar cells. Now he is working as the Deputy General Manager in Jolywood Solar for R&D and application of n-type cell and module technology.

Derek Zhao | Senior Analyst, PV InfoLink

Derek has 10+ years of experience in the PV industry. Prior to joining InfoLink Consulting, he served for Tier-1 solar equipment suppliers, BOM manufacturers, and vertically integrated companies, providing technical supports, as well as market, product, and technology management. Derek now serves as a senior analyst at PV InfoLink, division of InfoLink Consulting. His work primarily involves the analysis of technology routes across the PV supply chain, offering clients clear-cut, up-to-date insights of manufacturing technologies and advice on relevant strategies.

Sinney Leung | Director Business Development, Green Tech Solutions, Munich Re

Sinney Leung is the Director, Business Development of Green Tech Solutions at Munich Re, insuring long-term risks for suppliers and developers of clean technologies. Sinney has more than 20 years’ experience in business development, accounts management and projects development experience of Solar and other industries in the global markets. Before joining Munich Re, Sinney worked in two Chinese PV Panel Manufactures for project developments of Ground-mounted, BIPV and Solar Rooftop Projects in Asia. Sinney has received her Bachelor and Master Degree in Business from the Universities of Australia.

Moderators

Mark Hutchins | Editor, pv magazine

Mark Hutchins joined pv magazine as production editor for our monthly global title in September 2016. He also reports on upstream technology and markets, and new and emerging solar regions for both print and online. Mark has experience in copywriting, music journalism and the fast-paced world of startups.

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