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The production line has been enhanced to be more efficient and intelligent, with the entire facility expected to become a fully automated production base incorporating information management and MES, ERP and WMS systems.

The production line at our new 5 GW module facility in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province is currently at the highest level in the PV industry, and the per capita output of the facility will also be at the forefront of the industry in the future. According to our estimates, its efficiency will ultimately increase by about 35%, which both ensures product quality and accelerates the production capacity of our M6 (166 mm) wafer modules,” said He Jiangtao, General Manager of LONGi Solar Technology in Jiangsu. “In the future, the base will also improve the flexibility of production, increase resilience on the basis of high-efficiency output, and continue to meet global market demands.”

LONGi launched its Hi-MO 4 module in 2019 and has continuously enhanced it. At present, the power of the mass produced Hi-MO 4 is up to 450 W, with a conversion efficiency of 20.7%. With the optimized module size and leading bifacial technology, the Hi-MO 4 has both lower BOS costs and lower LCOE, and has become the preferred choice for investors in global power stations.

The cumulative letter of intent orders for Hi-MO 4 modules have already exceeded 10GW and are still growing. So far, more than 2 GW have been delivered to global customers and the module’s outstanding performance has been seen in many solar projects worldwide.

Referencing the construction of LONGi’s new 5 GW facility in Jiangsu Province, He Jiangtao added: “From the very beginning of the construction, all the relevant parties, teams and employees shared a common goal, which was to accelerate the launch of the new facility and products and create a “100-day speed” LONGi feat.

The successful construction of the facility provides a positive reference point for the future addition of production capacity, allowing the company to continue to meet global customer demand. According to the company’s production capacity plan, the 166 mm modules will exceed 20 GW in 2020, guaranteeing global supply of the product.

Source: LONGi

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Acciona has started building the first grid-connected floating photovoltaic solar plant in Spain, in the region of Extremadura. This initiative is a demonstration project, created with the aim of studying the most suitable technical solutions for the installation of solar panels on lakes and reservoirs. Floating photovoltaic energy is becoming an increasingly popular option in many regions of the world, especially those that do not offer vast amounts of available land or ideal geographical conditions.

The installation, which will be completed by mid-year, is to be located close to the southern shore of the Sierra Brava reservoir, located in Zorita (Cáceres). Sierra Brava is an artificial 1,650-hectare reservoir built in 1996, fed by the waters of the Pizarroso stream. Designed to cover around 12,000 m2, the floating solar plant will occupy around 0.07% of the reservoir’s surface area.

Technology demonstrator

The new floating plant has been conceived as a pilot facility that will contribute to the analysis on the optimization of energy production from this kind of installations. The facility will complement the company’s photovoltaic innovation hub at the El Romero complex in Chile.

The Sierra Brava floating PV plant will study different solar module technologies and configurations in terms of inclination, placing and orientation -among other parameters- together with a variety of flotation structures.

In technical terms, the installation will consist of five adjacent floating systems – supplied by the companies Amilibia Marinas, Isigenere and Stansol- anchored to the bottom of the reservoir and linked to the shore by a jetty. Each system will have 600 photovoltaic panels with an estimated total capacity of 1,125-megawatt peak (MWp).

Each system will be connected to three 60kW inverters that will convert the direct current generated by the panels to alternate current. Each inverter will be connected to a small transformer centre that will rise the low-voltage current (400 V) to medium voltage (22 kV), and from there it will be sent underground along a 1.4-kilomtre power line to the grid connection point.

A small hub will be built to house operation and maintenance services, a control room and a visitor reception area. Another innovative element to be included is a meteorological station that will measure parameters of interest such as solar radiation, temperature, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, air pressure and precipitation. It will be connected to the control hub by fibre optics.

Environmental monitoring

The impact studies carried out conclude that the project is compatible with the environmental values of the reservoir. They include measures such as the installation of signage on the natural resources in the area around the reservoir, the installation of marker buoys to mark out the regulatory navigable areas, and the provision of nesting boxes and floating islands to encourage the nesting of certain bird species.

Environmental monitoring will be an important aspect, particularly on birdlife in the area, with the dual aim of protecting birds and studying their interaction with this kind of installation.

The project receives funding from the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).

Why floating solar plants?

The field of floating photovoltaic plants is now taking off as its technological development demonstrates its technical and economic viability, particularly in regions with low availability of land or where land is used for other purposes such as agriculture.

Furthermore, floating photovoltaic power has other advantages over plants located on land, such as higher performance at lower ambient temperature, the availability of a flat surface with fewer shadows and ease of installation. These factors can end up offsetting the higher initial investment. With respect to the environment, floating photovoltaics have the ability to reduce water evaporation in reservoirs, improving water quality due to a lower rate of growth of algae

This technology is also of interest for hydroelectric power stations, with which it can share electrical infrastructure and improve their management flexibility. It can also be applied in areas with weak power grids.

Source: Acciona

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The high Altman-Z score underlines LONGi’s strong financial health and proven bankability

BloombergNEF, a leading provider of global PV business dynamics and financial information, released the “1Q 2020 Global PV Market Outlook” on February 19, 2020. LONGi, the world’s leading solar module manufacturer, was rated with the highest Altman Z score of all the publically quoted pureplay solar manufacturers. LONGi is also on BloombergNEF’s Tier 1 module maker list and one of the three largest module manufacturers, by capacity.

The Altman-Z score is a ratio indicator that reflects the financial health of a manufacturing company. LONGi was listed first amongst all pure play PV companies worldwide with a score of 3.6, indicating strong financial health.

For years, LONGi has maintained leading risk control management and the ability to quickly respond to market changes. The company operates on a philosophy of stable operation and sustainable development, and LONGi has maintained a low asset-liability ratio around 50% through the years, which is amongst the lowest in the PV industry. The strong return on assets, sustained profitability and proven bankability has been validated and recognized by the industry.

Throughout its operations, LONGi has demonstrated its sustainable development capabilities and responsibilities as a world leading global solar technology company.

LONGi’s stable and reliable performance in the solar market has built a good reputation in the industry. Shipments of LONGi’s solar products worldwide have grown rapidly and we are gaining traction to be the first choice for global customers. LONGi will continue to provide leading technologies and high value return to our customers and partners.” Wang Yingge, Head of Global Marketing, LONGi Solar, commented.

Source: LONGi Solar

FuturENERGY February 2020

LONGi’s 10 GW monocrystalline module production facility in Chuzhou is now running at full capacity, with its Phase II 5 GW reaching construction close. The additional capacity has increased the total global module production capacity of LONGi to an estimated 21 GW, exceeding its previously announced “Three-year Capacity Plan” (2019-2021)…

FuturENERGY February 2020

JinkoSolar has recently launched the Tiger PV module, a new series of high efficiency modules that incorporates 9-busbar (9BB), Mono PERC and Tiling Ribbon (TR) technology. With an efficiency of 20.71%, the new Tiger series can generate a peak power output of up to 465 Wp, making it suitable for both utility-scale plants and rooftop installations. A leader in the PV Industry since 2016, JinkoSolar has again been recognised, for the fourth consecutive year, as the world’s leading manufacturer of PV modules, having achieved the global installation of 55 GW…

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LONGi Solar has been assigned AAA-Rated status (the highest grade awarded) by the market research division of leading London-based PV-Tech, in the latest Q1 2020 release of the PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings. LONGi is the first PV module supplier to achieve AAA rating.

The PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings system uses a proprietary analytical model to establish bankability scores and ratings, for all solar photovoltaic (PV) module suppliers, by combining both the manufacturing and financial health of the companies.

Creator of the PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings system, and highly-respected PV industry analyst, Dr. Finlay Colville, noted in the release of the rankings that “LONGi is operating a differentiated business model to other A and B rated module suppliers” and that “LONGi invested wisely, in a timely manner, and with total conviction that PV technology would change from multi-wafer dominant to mono-wafer dominant”.

Reacting to the new AAA-Rated status, Dennis She, Senior Vice President of LONGi added: “LONGi always attaches key importance to the company’s sustainable development, and having reliable and stable operations coupled with strong financial health. In recent years, LONGi has continuously demonstrated its reliable contractual capabilities, and ability to respond to market changes”.

Source: LONGi Solar

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LONGi has announced that it has recently signed a contract with Atlas Renewable Energy to supply 122 MW of Hi-MO4 bifacial modules for one of its projects in Chile.

LONGi has pioneered bifacial module technology in PV, promoting applications in solar plants on barren grass, sand, cement, snow and flat roofs. Depending on surface reflectivity, bifacial modules can deliver power generation gain of 7-25% over equivalent monofacial panels.

Patrick Valentin, Head of Strategic Sourcing at Atlas Renewable Energy, said: “We are pleased to select LONGi as one of our project partners. Implementing LONGi’s state-of-the-art technology in bifacials is a further representation of Atlas Renewable Energy’s strong commitment to technology innovations. It also aligns well with our mindset of partnering with great companies in the PV industry that are bringing the technologies of the future. We aim to always provide the most competitive solutions for our projects and clients in order to fulfill our mission to deliver reliable and cost-efficient clean energy to Latin America.”

“We are very pleased to partner with a leading company such as Atlas Renewable Energy. This is a great step forward for LONGi as we develop the solar market in Latin America. With this strategic partnership, LONGi and Atlas Renewable Energy are confident to deliver high-performance PV products and contribute to the energy transformation in Latin America.” Richard For, Vice President of LONGi Solar, said.

Since the launch in early 2017, LONGi bifacial products have accumulated a wealth of application cases around the world, and their product reliability has been verified in pilot projects and independent third-party tests. In May 2019, LONGi introduced its next generation bifacial module, Hi-MO4, based on the new M6 silicon wafers, once again leading the development of bifacial technology into a new era.

LONGi has reported that the company has, to date, the world’s largest shipment of bifacial modules in the PV industry, with a cumulative shipment over 3 GW as of 2019.

Source: LONGi Solar

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JinkoSolar has emerged as the leading company in terms of global solar PV module shipments in 2019. The company also secured top position in GlobalData’s 2018 ranking produced last year.

JinkoSolar topped the 2019 ranking with 14.2 GW of PV modules compared to the second ranked JA Solar’s 10.3 GW. Most of the companies featured in the table are from Asia-Pacific (APAC).

GlobalData found that there has been no significant change in 2019’s ranking compared to 2018’s. However, the top 10 manufacturers have shown improvement in their shipments over the last year. In 2019, the top 10 manufacturers shipped approximately 80.3 GW modules compared to 63 GW in 2018, an increment of more than 27%. The top 10 manufacturers are likely to dictate with more than 75% of the module shipments in 2020.

The global solar PV market is riding high on account of higher demand, continuous reduction costs, software & technological advancements and improvement in module efficiency. The enhanced solar system efficiency and performance coupled with data analytics for better asset management and commercial monitoring has significantly reduced the LCOE and stands to improve further on greater technological advancements.

JA Solar in second place, held a strong position with a shipment increase of around 17% due to high product quality and reliability, and performance and innovation. JA Solar reported that the efforts made to expand their presence in the emerging international markets in the Middle East have led to increased module shipments and profitability.

Trina Solar and LONGi Solar occupied third and fourth place, with shipments of 9.7 GW and 9 GW, respectively. Canadian Solar came fifth with 8.5 GW; Hanwha Q CELLS was sixth with 7.3 GW; Risen Energy stood in seventh place with 7 GW; and First Solar secured eighth position with 5.5 GW shipments.

Chinese manufacturers will continue to dominate as the overall leader in solar installations in 2020 as newer emerging markets in SE Asia, Latin America and the Middle East mark their presence on the solar map as demand centers. China, the US, Europe and India will continue to remain the major markets for the solar module suppliers.

Source: GlobalData

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Ingeteam is finalizing the launch of its latest INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play TL M hybrid inverter. This highly versatile solar inverter features a battery input and two more inputs for PV modules. Each PV input has its own maximum power point tracking system, making it ideal for harnessing the maximum amount of energy on roof-mounted, self-consumption PV installations, with the PV modules positioned in two different orientations.

A further advantage is that the INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play TL M hybrid inverter features an EMS (Energy Management System), making it possible to implement advanced operating modes, such as self-consumption, and facilitating system monitoring through the INGECON® SUN Monitor smartphone application. Moreover, there is an application to easily and remotely set-up and upgrade the inverter firmware via PC, tablet or mobile phone. Moreover, the system commissioning and the inverter’s firmware update can be performed remotely with the application via PC, tablet or smartphone.

This new inverter is suitable for both grid-connected and stand-alone systems. In this latter case, the hybrid inverter is responsible for generating the grid. For grid-connected systems, the inverter features a back-up functionality so that, in the event of a grid outage, the critical loads can be powered from the batteries and PV panels.

Just like the previous model, this new hybrid inverter by Ingeteam is compatible with lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries, and is also compatible with the storage systems made by the market’s leading manufacturers.

Production of this new inverter is set to start in May and it will be available with two power outputs: 3 kW and 6 kW.

The first units of the INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play TL M will be showcased on the stands of Ingeteam’s main distributors during the GENERA fair to be held at the IFEMA exhibition grounds in Madrid, from 5th to 7th February.

Source: Ingeteam

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LONGi announces that it has achieved a new world record of 22.38% conversion efficiency for its monocrystalline module. The record has been verified by the global independent certification agency TÜV Rheinland.

LONGi has continuously pushed the PV modules efficiency limits of our high performance mono-crystalline products to further improve the price-performance ratio. This breakthrough once again confirms the development headroom of monocrystalline PV module technology. With continuous R&D investments in technologies and processes, new innovations can be rapidly applied to large-scale production, thus promoting the energy transformation led by solar energy.” Lv Jun, Vice President, LONGi Solar commented.

LONGi has always focused on the improvement of PV cell and module conversion efficiencies. In the past few years, LONGi’s mono-crystalline cell and module products have broken conversion efficiency world records many times.

As a global leading solar technology company, LONGi has the confidence and commitment to lead the global energy transformation with technological innovation. The large-scale production of high efficiency module validates LONGi relentless focus on technology.

Source: LONGi

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