In Celebration of Its 15th Anniversary and to Discuss the Current Developments of the PV Industry, JA Solar Successfully Hosts the Smart Empowerment 2020 PV Technology Conference

PVTIME - On May 18, the Smart Empowerment 2020 PV
Technology Conference
organized and hosted by JA Solar was broadcasted
via the internet due to the Coronavirus epidemic. JA Solar highlighted that
2020 is very special year for the company and the global PV industry as a
whole. In celebration of its 15-year anniversary, JA Solar invited a list of
renowned industry professionals, experts, and enterprises to discuss the
opportunities, challenges, and emerging technologies of the industry going
forward.

Since its establishment in 2005, JA Solar has since become one of the
world's leading photovoltaic companies covering the entire industrial chain. With
a presence in more than 120 countries and regions, JA Solar’s products are
widely used in ground-mounted photovoltaic power plants as well as industrial,
commercial, and residential photovoltaic systems. Under the leadership of
Chairman Jin Baofang, JA Solar aims to "develop solar energy for the
benefit of all mankind", and strives to realize its vision of becoming a grand
company.

Special guest
host, First Director and Director of Academic Committee of National Center for
Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Li Junfeng,
kicked off the conference by providing a special opening address discussing
several challenges facing the development of the global PV industry. Mr. Li
talked about the far reaching economic disruption brought on about by the
Coronavirus epidemic which has been ongoing for the past 5 months. Due to rapid
technical developments in recent years, production capacity of PV manufacturers
has increased substantially while capacity expansion is on the agenda for many
leading enterprises. However, prolonged global economic downtrend will upset
global energy demand which will heavily impact the PV manufacturers and the
industry as a whole. Specifically, if the current situation were to continue,
while the industry as a whole will survive, many enterprises will not. Under
these conditions, the industry has to put serious effort into developing strategies
to overcome the challenges and maintain confidence in the development prospects
of the “14th Five Year Plan”.

Wang Bohua,
Secretary General and Vice Chairman of China Photovoltaic Industry Association
(CPIA), delivered a presentation which analyzed the status quo and future
prospects of the PV industry. He pointed out that in the past two years,
despite the consecutive decline in newly added domestic capacity, the concentration
of PV manufacturing operations in China increased, helping China maintain its
position as the world’s largest PV market. Mr. Wang expects 110-135GW in newly installed
capacity to be added worldwide in 2020, of which 32-45GW will be in China.
Judging by the number of applications for grid parity projects, with a higher concentration
coming from the leading enterprises, this year’s scale is likely to increase by
50% year-on-year. This will further the increase the concentration of all links
of the industry, making the market more mature and stable.

Director and Senior VP of JA Solar, Dr. Huang Xinming.

Dr. Huang
Xinming, Director and Senior VP of JA Solar, believes that the large-scale adoption
of photovoltaics has been due to the decline in cost electricity, backed by the
injection of huge investments and the unremitting research and development efforts
of numerous PV enterprises such as JA Solar. “I hope you will continue to
support the development of JA Solar and renewable energy projects on a global
scale. In the future, JA Solar will stay committed to our manufacturing
principles of being an efficient provider high quality products, stay true to
our core values, continue to innovate, and contribute to the advancement
sustainable clean energy development to the best of our ability.” Dr. Huang
commented.

Professor
Martin Green, dubbed as “the father of solar energy” by many, also made a
special appearance during the broadcast. During his segment, he talked about
the long history between JA Solar and the University of South Wales, and
recalled his students’ participation in the creation of two Australian companies
which went on to become the foundation for what JA Solar is today. The PERC
technology invented by Martin Green has become the most widely used high-efficiency
cell technology of the industry and JA Solar.

With
various advanced technologies emerging one after another, what is the most
suitable path of development for enterprises looking to expand production
capacity? Corrine Lin, Chief Analyst of PVInfoLink, believes that although the
epidemic has brought uncertainty to economic and industrial development, technological
progress and capacity expansions have been unaffected. The recent emergence of 500W+
modules powered by 180-185mm silicon wafers have attracted the attention of the
industry and the market. It is expected that within the next 2-3 years, there will
be an influx of new mainstream wafer sizes in the market, and the current sizes
will be gradually eliminated. In terms of applications, Ms. Lin mentioned that
the global demand for modules is expected to decline to 108.8GW this year.

Tang Kun, Chief of JA Solar’s Product Technology Department, introduced JA Solar’s high-efficiency product line which includes the mass produced 450W+ high-efficiency modules and the new 525W+ ultra-high-efficiency DeepBlue 3.0 modules. He emphasized that large silicon wafers can effectively increase the power output of solar modules, which is an effective way to reduce the cost per watt. After extensive consideration and comprehensive comparisons, JA Solar believes that the 6x12 cell module using 180mm half cut, silicon wafers is the best starting point for ultra-high-efficiency modules. Tang Kun said that at this stage, the 210mm module is not as good as the 180mm module in achieving the highest power output, and its cost per watt is not significantly different from that of the 180mm modules. Therefore, modules using 180mm wafers offers better cost to performance.

The cost per kilowatt hour reductions advantages of high power output
modules are best demonstrated when applied in PV systems. In this regard, Hui
Xing, Director of Power China Northwest Engineering Corporation, said that high
power output modules are well suited for flat terrains, are conducive to the
intensification of land, and reduces construction costs and O&M costs down
the road. She revealed that, in the report “Photovoltaic Power System
Performance Specification” coedited by Northwest Engineering Corporation, there
are clear requirements for installation capacity per unit area, on grid power connection,
and power generation revenue. Application of high-efficiency modules allows enterprises to complete the
corresponding assessments easier and also leads to greater returns.

Following the individual presentations, a panel discussion focused on how to occupy market share in a complex and evolving market took place. The panel participants consisted of Zhang Xiaochao from Huaneng Group’s New Energy Department; XU Bofeng from TBEA; Hui Xing from Power China Northwest Engineering Corporation; Xu Hailiang from TÜV SÜD; and Li Dong and Tang Kun from JA Solar.

Li Dong
expressed that, although the world is still affected by the Coronavirus, he remains
optimistic about the future of the photovoltaic market. He believes that the
installed capacity in the fourth quarter of this year will make up for the
delayed market demand in the first three quarters. The overall development for
the year will be stable and the newly added capacity for the year will be about
the same as last, 100-110GW. To a certain extent, the epidemic has helped in
increasing the manufacturing concentration of the industry, eliminating inferior
production lines, and the smooth transition into the new era of grid parity.

Xu Bofeng
believes that from April onwards, the domestic photovoltaic industry will be
well on its way to recovery, but global recovery will not happen until 2021. The
PV industry needs to use this period to increase research and development efforts,
reduce costs, increase efficiency, unify upstream and downstream operations of
the supply chain, solve consumption constraints, reduce non-technical costs,
and lead the high quality development of the PV industry.

Xu Hailiang
proposed that before new products are launched, third party testing and
certification work should be completed in order to obtain the relevant
certifications. According to observations, the consumers are often concentrated
on the reliability and safety of the products. He recommended that enterprises
should carry out research and development and outdoor demonstrations at the
same time to reduce the possibility of hiccups.

Zhang
Xiaochao said that high power output modules have an important role in reducing
the cost of electricity and improving a project’s profitability, which can
effectively attract more investments and accelerate industry development. Achieving
grid parity is not our ultimate goal. In the future, solar energy will play a
key part in the global energy market reform and provide crucial support to
smooth the transition.

The panel
and the cloud conference came to a conclusion when each of the guests extended
their congratulations to JA Solar on their 15th anniversary. In just
15 years, JA Solar has grown into a world-class provider of PV power generation
solutions, and is widely recognized by the PV industry and its customers from
around the globe. Moving forward, JA Solar will continue to focus on
technological innovation, provide consumers with high quality PV products, and promote
the development and utilization of clean energy on a global scale.

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