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Utility-scale TOPCon – Financial & field performance analysis

A wave of announcements in 2021 saw PV cell and module manufacturers begin what is already shaping up to be a major shift toward n-type technologies, TOPCon cells emerging as an early leader. The products based on these have made big promises in terms of lower project costs, higher energy yield and longer lifetimes. As TOPCon modules become more widely available to buyers in the large-scale segment, it’s important to see how these claims play out in the field. In this pv magazine Webinar, we take a closer look at the features of JinkoSolar’s Tiger NEO modules, and how these are performing, with LCOE and return on investment data from Clenergize, and analysis from TÜV Rheinland of projects already up and running in Australia.

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Utility-scale TOPCon – Financial & field performance analysis

By the end of this year, analysts expect to see more than 50 GW of PV cell and module capacity devoted to n-type tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) products, representing a significant and rapidly growing market share.

As these products are deployed in utility-scale PV projects in larger numbers, investors are keen to see how they live up to claims of significant improvements over their p-type PERC counterparts – from better bifaciality and stronger performance at high temperatures to longer working lifetimes and lower degradation rates.

JinkoSolar is among the largest movers into n-type so far, expecting to dedicate a significant chunk of its cell and module capacity to the technology in the next couple of years. Carlos Magistris, Senior Manager Technical Service at JinkoSolar Europe will join the webinar to provide an overview of the technology behind the Tiger NEO TOPCon module and the advantages it promises to utility scale solar projects.

Roger Chen, PV power plant engineer at TÜV Rheinland Greater China will also be on hand to discuss the findings from a recent TÜV Rheinland project study analyzing the difference in economic performance (IRR and LCOE) between Tiger Neo N-type TOPCon and 210 PERC bifacial in Australia.

Additionally, we’ll hear from Hyeon-jo Lee, Head of Investment at Vietnam-based developer Inpos, with a look at the most important concerns when it comes to module selection. And Shyam Yadav, Founder and MD of Clenergize Solar Consultants will share details of some LCOE and IRR simulations for projects in the MENA region.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Introduction to TOPCon & Jinko’s Tiger Neo module
  • Key concerns in module selection for large-scale projects
  • Field performance analysis & technology comparison
  • Investigating levelized cost of electricity and return on investment
  • Q&A

You can enter questions and comments in the comments window when registering or in the chat during the webinar. This webinar will be moderated by Tristan Rayner, editor at pv magazine.

Registration for this pv magazine webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Carlos Magistris | Senior Manager Technical Service, JinkoSolar Europe

Magistris has 17 years of work experience in the photovoltaic sector. Prior to JinkoSolar, he worked as an independent technical advisor and consultant, where he carried out various field test services. He has also collaborated in the creation of the new IEC TS 62941: 2016 Guideline for Manufacturing Quality Assurance standard. Throughout his career, Carlos has worked with developers, IPPs, EPCs, financial institutions, and manufacturers to mitigate product and system risk in numerous markets. Magistris is a member of the international PV committee IEC-TC82.

Roger Chen | Engineer, Photovoltaics Power Plant Department, TÜV Rheinland China

Roger Chen joined in TÜV Rheinland in 2020 and has experiences in quality audit at PV related product manufactures and is familiar with PV module laboratory testing under various IEC standards. He also has experiences in design and configuration of PV power plant, consulting and PV power plant O&M certification.

Shyam Yadav | Founder and MD, Clenergize Solar Consultants

Shyam Yadav is the founder and MD of Clenergize Solar Consultants. He has grown the firm to be one of the leading Solar consulting firms in the region with over 550MW of projects in GCC alone. The firm has grown in the last 6 years with several landmark projects such as Pepsi, Aramex, Emirates etc. Shyam has a background in Engineering and oversees a team comprising of Technical, Financial and Legal experts who provide a one-stop advisory service to end users, developers and contractors in the solar industry.

Hyeon-jo Lee | Head of Investment, Inpos

Hyeon-Jo Lee currently serves as Head of Investment of INPOS, Mr Hyeon-Jo Lee is a professional with broad experience and expertise in electrical system as well as investment, acquisition and fundraising. He has widely experience to work oversea when leading oversea sale team in ABB and STX heavy industry.

Moderators

Tristan Rayner | Editor, pv magazine

After studying Electrical Engineering, Tristan Rayner turned his attention to editorial roles. Prior to joining pv magazine in 2020, he was managing editor of Australian sports site The Roar, founding editor of tech site Techly, and contributed to publications including Android Authority, AFP, ZDNet, and Lost At E Minor, among other roles.

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