Global Shipments Of 210mm Modules In 9M/2022 Reached 50 GW

TrendForce Counts 76 GW+ 210mm Solar Modules Shipped Globally Till September 2022; Forecasts 210mm Module Capacity To Reach 57% By 2023

Global Shipments Of 210mm Modules In 9M/2022 Reached 50 GW

TrendForce here shows the capacity ratio for various sized wafers between 2021 and 2026, explaining the growing presence of 210mm size. (Source: TrendForce)

  • TrendForce counts a total of 50 GW of 210mm solar modules shipped globally in 9M/2022
  • Cumulatively their shipments through Q3/2022 exceeded 76 GW as already more than 52 module makers have the production capability
  • It also sees 600W+ modules becoming the global standard for solar power systems, both utility and non-utility

Taiwan based market intelligence firm TrendForce says 600W+ high power modules have become a global standard now with 50 GW of 210mm modules shipped in 9M/2022 taking their cumulative shipment till the end of September 2022 to exceed 76 GW.

While high power modules with both 182mm and 210mm wafer sized cells are becoming popular globally for bringing down the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and balance of system (BOS) costs, TrendForce sees 210mm offering an advantage for 600W+ modules saying these can reduce LCOE by up to 4.1%.

The 600W+ modules also offer 125W to 130W more power output when compared to 500W+ products with module efficiency going up by 0.3% to 0.5%. These are increasingly being preferred for both large scale and distributed installations.

The number of solar module makers with capability to produce 210mm products now exceeds 52. TrendForce believes because of the extensive compatibility of 210mm cell and module technology, TOPCon and heterojunction (HJT) technologies could be adopted to boost module power to over 700W+.

One of the earliest adopters of 210mm modules, Trina Solar of China shipped 40 GW of these panels as of Q3/2022. It is also now mass producing these panels using n-type capacity (see China PV News Snippets). Using n-type technology will further bring down costs and improve efficiency of these modules, added TrendFOrce.

“As indicated by TrendForce, large-sized modules (182mm and 210mm) are estimated to account for 512 GW of capacity during 2022 at a ratio of 83%, of which 210mm capacity accounts for 287 GW at 46%, representing year-on-year growth of 16%,” according to analysts. “Large-sized modules (182mm and 210mm), with their successive completion in capacity deployment next year, will occupy 89% of ratio then, and 210mm modules are likely to dominate, with estimated capacity of 466GW at 57%.”

By 2025, capacity of 210mm modules is forecast to reach 66.04% while that of 182mm will likely drop to 30%. Analysts expect ‘new highs’ in global shipments of 210mm in the near future.

In July 2022, TrendForce said top 6 Chinese producers shipped 34.31 GW modules in Q1/2022 comprising 27.26 GW large format panels (see 80% Chinese Producers Get 210mm Capability).

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