Since our 2nd TaiyangNews Report Edition on Bifacial Module Technology was published in mid-2018, the technology has rapidly established itself as a mainstream product, reaching a low 2-digit market share both on the cell and module level. Such was the technological progress that we find it impractical to cover the large topic in a single publication. Accordingly, we have split the 2021 edition of our Bifacial Solar Technology Report into two parts – Part 1 discusses the manufacturing side of the technology, essentially covering notable developments in cell and module manufacturing; Part 2, to be published very soon, delves into the application side, focusing on the different parts of bifacial solar systems.
After an introduction, Part 1 of the report has the following structure:
- Chapter 1 provides an overview of the fundamentals and a brief history of bifacial technology.
- Chapter 2 briefly discusses developments associated with bifacial technology especially in the areas of bankability and simulation.
- Chapter 3 discusses and assesses various aspects of processing different bifacial cell technologies, while displaying the top efficiencies announced by the leading players in this field.
- Chapter 4 elaborates on bifacial- specific changes and recent developments related to interconnection and module BOM, such as glass, frames, transparent backsheets and encapsulation materials.
- Chapter 5 discusses the IEC’s recently released technical specification (TS) 60904-1-2:2019 with two proposed methods of measuring IV characteristics of bifacial PV.
- Chapter 6 discusses the product characteristics from selected module producers are discussed in detail.
- Chapter 7 provides a market outlook for bifacial solar.
The report also features an interview with LONGi Solar, a longtime supporter of bifacial technology which has been carrying forward the legacy of bifacial technology through several product generations, including the latest HiMO5.
The TaiyangNews Bifacial Solar 2021 Report – Part 1: Cells & Modules, which was launched on March 4, during our Bifacial Solar Technologies Conference, is for download free of charge here.