China PV News Snippets: Aiko, Suntech, Hangzhou, Sineng

Aiko Solar Sets Up PV Cell Research Institute In Germany; Suntech 3 GW Module Manufacturing Plans; Sineng Electric Clears China Performance Tests; Hangzhou First Moving Ahead With Expansion Plans
09:40 PM (Beijing Time) - 13. October 2020
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Chinese high-efficiency cell maker Aiko Solar says it has set up the Aiko Solar Energy European Research Institute in Germany as it plans To establish High-End Solar Cell Production Lines In Europe & beyond. (Photo Credit: Aiko Solar Energy)

Key Takeaways

  • Aiko Solar says it has become the 1st Chinese PV manufacturing company to have a research institute overseas after setting up one in Germany
  • Suntech has started construction of phase I of its 3 GW solar module production site in Zibo city
  • Sineng Electric clears China Electric Power Research Institute’s weak grid-connected performance test with full range of its inverters
  • Hangzhou First has signed an official agreement to start work on its encapsulation and backsheet production plans in Jiaxing

Aiko Solar sets up research institute in Germany: Solar cell maker Aiko Solar Energy has established its own research institute in Freiburg, Germany calling it the Aiko Solar Energy European Research Institute. The institute was established on August 4, 2020 and officially cleared the commercial registration at Freiburg District Court on October 1, 2020. The company claims it is now the 1st Chinese PV manufacturing company to set up a research institute overseas. Aiko Solar said the main purpose behind the establishment of the research institute is to study new technologies and methods in the space of existing P-type PERC technology and also conduct research on new technologies. It will also apply the results for mass production and cooperate with other leading research and development institutions to act as a ‘bridge between Europe and China’, reported PV Men.

Founder and General Manager of the institute, Dr Christian Peter said they will hire experts in vacuum, wet process, laser, thermal process or printing technology. “Finally our goal is to set up high-end solar cell production lines in advanced regions in Europe and the world,” added Peter.

Suntech breaks ground on 3 GW module manufacturing site: Suntech has started construction on phase I of 3 GW Zibo module manufacturing site, in cooperation with Shanghai TaoTe Investment Management Partnership. The 3 GW highly automated production site is coming up in Zhoucun district in Zibo city where the company will mainly produce 210mm large size multi busbar and high performance solar modules, along with 182mm multi busbar cells. It will be equipped to produce large size high power modules and promises to cover all mainstream products in the market. Management expects the site to become operational in March 2021, when Suntech will be able to mass produce 210mm large-size high power modules. In September 2020, Suntech achieved 10 GW cumulative module production capacity milestone after commissioning 500 MW integrated solar cell and module manufacturing site in Indonesia (see Suntech Expands Production Capacity In Indonesia).

Sineng Electric clear Chinese performance test: Sineng Electric says its full range of centralized, string and distributed photovoltaic inverters have cleared the China Electric Power Research Institute’s weak grid-connected performance test and obtained requisite certifications. The company claims it is the 1st PV company to have cleared the test with a full range of inverters.

Hangzhou First enters agreement for production expansion: Chinese world leading EVA PV encapasulant maker Hangzhou First has signed an agreement with Jiaxing administration to go ahead with its planned expansion of PV encapsulation and backsheets in Jiaxing Economic and Technological Development Zone, as announced in September 2020 (see China PV News Snippets: Hangzhou, Canadian Solar, Sofar Solar). It will set up the project on some 160 acres of space with a total investment of RMB 1.02 billion.

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