TÜV Rheinland's "All Quality Matters" Solar Congress Ends on High Note, Promoting Future Development of the Industry with Concerted Efforts

- Experts, scholars, and business leaders discuss development of PV industry after COVID-19 pandemic

- TÜV Rheinland PV Module Supply Chain Whitepaper 2020 officially launched

- 16 companies win "All Quality Matters" award

PVTIME - On June 30, the 2020 "All Quality Matters" Solar Congress and "All Quality Matters" award ceremony hosted by TÜV Rheinland Group ("TÜV Rheinland") was held in Suzhou. Focusing on the photovoltaic industry's development after the COVID-19 pandemic, this event brought together more than 200 industry-related enterprise representatives, experts, and scholars to discuss trending hotspots and solutions to crises through online and offline interactions, providing suggestions for the healthy and sustainable development of the PV industry.

Experts, Scholars, and Business Leaders Discuss Development of the PV Industry after the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wang Bohua, Vice President and Secretary General at China Photovoltaic Industry Association,
said in his speech that the global demand for renewable energy is
expected to increase by about 1% in 2020, which may be one of the few
energy sources to experience demand during the COVID-19 pandemic,
accounting for about 30% of global power supply. He pointed out that the
pandemic brings not only challenges but also opportunities for the PV
industry. On the one hand, the world will increase investment in
renewable energy to boost economic growth; the price drop in each link
of the industrial chain is expected to promote the rise of new
incremental markets around the world; and the overall market will become
more mature and stable with increase in the concentration of each link.
However, the industry will also face many problems, including the
impact of recovery pace after the pandemic in overseas markets
on the aftermarket demand, the increased pressure on the cost of
backward production capacity, and unclear and delayed domestic policies.
To deal with these problems requires the joint efforts of the entire

Specially invited to the event were Watson Wu, Vice President of Product and Technology at AISWEI New Energy Technology (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd., Kevin Chen,
Technical Director Business Strategy of Coveme Engineered Films
Zhangjiagang Co., Ltd., Monsoon Wang, Product Director of LONGi Solar
Co., Ltd., Dr. Liu Zhifeng, Vice General Manager of Jolywood (Taizhou)
Solar Technology Co.,Ltd, Tony Liu, Product Director of SolaX Power Network Technology (Zhejiang) Co.,Ltd., Bu Yanhui, General Manager of Investment and Financing Department at EDF Renewables (China), Jonathan Luan,
Senior Analyst of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, etc., to deliver
keynote speeches and share their in-depth thinking from different
perspectives on such topics as the quality of PV products, technology,
investment and mergers, global markets, and so on.

In addition, more than a dozen business leaders from the upstream and
downstream sectors of the industry chain participated in two
round-table dialogues to discuss and propose insights on related topics
including "Seize the Opportunity to Rebuild Commercial Value in Energy
Storage" and "Photovoltaics in the 2020s."

TÜV Rheinland PV Module Supply Chain Whitepaper 2020 Officially Launched

At this event, the TÜV Rheinland PV Module Supply Chain Whitepaper 2020,
after a preparation and writing process that spanned nearly half a
year, was officially released. In order to better understand the views
of the PV industry and related supply chain practitioners, TÜV Rheinland
surveyed the major domestic manufacturers of PV modules and components.

In the whitepaper, TÜV Rheinland deeply analyses practitioners' views
on the current PV module market environment, exports, and the current
status of companies' operations and their prospects for the future.

At the launch conference, Chris Zou, Vice President of TÜV Rheinland Greater China Solar Products, pointed out that China's
PV industry already possesses a full industry chain from the production
of high-purity crystalline silicon in the upstream sector and
high-efficiency solar cells in the midstream, continuing to the
construction and operation of PV power plants in the downstream sector.
Moreover, China's PV industry has
complete independent intellectual property rights. The PV industry is
about to enter a new era marked by technology leadership, cross-sectoral
cooperation, coordinated development, and value innovation instead of
price competition. High requirements such as photoelectric-conversion
efficiency, attenuation rate, and comprehensive energy consumption of PV
modules will accelerate industrial transformation and upgrading.
Various PV module and component producers are constantly innovating in
technology, improving product quality, reducing production costs, and
increasing efficiency.

In addition, in the whitepaper, technical
experts from TÜV Rheinland provided in-depth analysis of the impact of
PV components on the output power of modules from the perspective of an
independent third party, including solar cells, encapsulation 
materials, backsheets, junction boxes, PV connectors, etc., and
elaborated on the market status, technical issues, and future
technological development trends for PV components, as well as on the
corresponding test requirements and standards evolution for products
domestically and overseas, providing guidance for companies to ensure
product quality and safety and facilitating their entry into target
markets more rapidly and efficiently.

16 Companies Win the "All Quality Matters" Award

On the evening of the congress, the TÜV Rheinland "All Quality
Matters" award ceremony was held. This year, the award set up selections
of several categories, including PV modules, PV components, PV
inverter, energy storage, and PV power plants operation and maintenance
service providers. It is worth mentioning that testing and selection for
the PV Module Energy Yield Simulation Award was based on TÜV
Rheinland's world-leading "Energy Yield Rating Label" to more accurately
identify the energy yield capacity of PV modules. In the end, 16
companies involved in PV modules, inverters, energy storage systems,
components, and power plant operation and maintenance stood out and won
awards for their excellent product and service quality.

As an authoritative platform established by TÜV Rheinland for
communication with the entire PV industry, the "All Quality Matters"
Solar Congress has become a bellwether of the PV industry. Over the
years, the "All Quality Matters" Solar Congress has been focused on the
photovoltaic revolution in the Asia-Pacific
region and in the global economy, and has witnessed the development and
progress of the industry. However, the market is constantly changing.
The opportunities and challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic make
transformation and upgrading of the industry urgent. TÜV Rheinland will
continue to rely on its over 35 years of professional experience in the
global PV field, guarding quality and safety and paying attention to new
trends in the global market, to help PV companies seize opportunities
and welcome challenges.