Standardized Wafer Size! 6 Key PV Manufacturers Reached an Agreement

PVTIME – On 18 August 2023, six leading PV companies, namely Canadian Solar, Risen Energy, LONGi, Tongwei, DAS Solar and Chint (Astronergy), jointly declared that they have reached an agreement on using the standardised 191.Xmm rectangular wafer size for 72-version modules, after an extensive communication and evaluation process.

The proposed wafer size is as follows:

The six PV companies collectively endorse and encourage the adoption of the standardised rectangular wafer size scheme mentioned above by more companies in the industry. Standardising the rectangular wafer size is critical to solving the supply chain difficulties as well as the increase in material costs resulting from differences in the wafer size, following the proposal made in July 2023 to standardise the module size (2382mm x 1134mm) for the new generation of rectangular wafers.


In early July 2023, nine major module manufacturers in the world, namely LONGi, Trina, Risen, Tongwei, Canadian Solar, Jinko, JA Solar, Chint (Astronergy) and DAS Solar, have agreed on 2382mm x 1134mm as the size of the new generation of rectangular silicon modules. They also propose that current and future 182 series modules and 210 series modules should be designed in the same size according to T/CPIA 0003-2022 Technical Specification for Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial Photovoltaic Module Dimensions and Mounting Holes, a standard developed by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) (chinapv.

The chaos in the PV market related to different module sizes, including cost, packaging, transportation, installation and design, is expected to be gradually resolved with the new standard sizes, leading to lower LCOE and benefits for both suppliers and customers. The standard size 2382mm x 1134mm modules not only have 30W more power each than similar products on the market, but also achieve 98.5% utilisation of container space. Meanwhile, the standard module long side vertical hole spacing of 400mm/790mm/1400mm will positively reduce material wastage, system costs and installation difficulties.

In addition, the nine key players established a Photovoltaic Module Dimension Standardisation Seminar Group to facilitate regular communication and cooperation, promote the standardisation of dimensions for other variants of the new generation of rectangular silicon wafer modules, and promote the healthy development of the photovoltaic industry.

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