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Technology Development Tendency of Photovoltaic Industry Seeing from Japan Photovoltaic Exhibition

Release time:2016-03-03 Print Font size:TT

On March 2- March 4, 2016 the international solar photovoltaic exhibition was held in Tokyo, Japan.


Japan's Photovoltaic Exhibition this year is very crowded, you may be on the scene, or you may be not, but photovoltaic professionals have an obvious feeling- monocrystalline products have occupied "half" in booths and products of each big manufacturer and are shown as the featured products. Hanwha QCELLS this year launched a high efficiency monocrystalline component Q.PEAK-G5 and double glass monocrystalline module; Artes booth also placed monocrystalline component products in a prominent place; Kyocera launched Rooflex roof monocrystalline component products; China Sunergy exhibited monocrystalline component products for home rooftop use; in addition, the mainstream component manufacturers, such as AJ and Jingke, have also launched monocrystalline products.  Of course, ultimately, the world largest monocrystalline products manufacturer - LONGI Shares, its subsidiary companies LERRY Photovoltaic also exhibited their efficiency monocrystalline component.








LONGI booth

Japan has been one of the most attractive markets in the photovoltaic industry. Annually, the major manufacturers on Japan photovoltaic exhibition will come up with the most representative products joining the exhibition, often the products can reflect he current and future market tendency. So why monocrystalline products become mainstream in the most attractive market ?


Japan is the major energy consuming countries in the world, and its energy heavily depends on imports. Shortage of resources in Japan has been actively developing solar energy. Solar technology is an important part of national development policies in Japan. With the launch of clean energy incentive program in July 2012, Japan's solar installed capacity has been growing steadily. BNEF report shows that the installed capacity in 2013 and 2014 respectively are 7.1GW and 10.3GW, and 12.3GW in 2015. In addition, the report also predicts that in 2016, Japan photovoltaic installed capacity will usher in a peak -- 14.3GW (Source from China Energy News). The wide installed capacity market has always been a major part competed heavily by each photovoltaic enterprise, but also extremely stimulate Japan's domestic photovoltaic manufacturing industry.


In addition, affected by feed-in tariff, photovoltaic cells and components installation has made great progress. Japan's solar power business are now moving in the direction of innovative technologies and solutions for change, such as efficient production process and cost reduction. Thus, these products and technologies as well as cells and components of leading companies in Japan and overseas naturally are the exhibition focus on photovoltaic solar exhibition (PV EXPO) .


Japan's roof (image from network)

From the application, in Japan, you can easily see monocrystalline photovoltaic panels appear on various occasions, such as building roofs, greenhouses and surface photovoltaic. With government support, the Japan's distributed photovoltaic gets great development over the past two years. The monocrystalline panels which are intensive ,aesthetics, generate electricity and other advantages make more significant, thus distributed photovoltaic develops rapidly. In fact, monocrystalline products are widely used in Japan. The following figure is hybrid photovoltaic building of Tokyo Institute of Technology, the project which was built in Okayama campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology was used as a research facility with two layer basements and seven layer ground. The Design adopts 650kW solar power and 100kW fuel cell in order to achieve self-sufficiency purposes. The whole building except the north, other several side of the exterior walls are covered with solar panels, monocrystalline panels also are adopted by solar panels to strive for maximum generating capacity. Looking up, neat rows of monocrystalline panels are very compelling.


Tokyo Institute of Technology (photo from network)

In addition, from the production and supply, monocrystalline components in Japan are also accounted for the absolute mainstream.  According to statistics from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (the following figure), three quarters of fiscal year of 2015 (the fourth quarter did not count),Japan's total domestic production of monocrystalline components reached 771532kw, accounting for 57%, but far more 43% than the polycrystalline. It is observed that Japan pays more attention on monocrystalline components than the polycrystalline components.



We can say that after the previous year of development, the advantages of the monocrystalline obtain common recognition in the industry, showing a strong return to trend. Combined with the PV industry technology tendency and national policy guidance, the monocrystalline can be expected in 2016 to rise again.


Article part and image from network, thanks to the original author.