Exploring the Potential Solar Energy Market in China and Upgrading Production Technology
CHANGZHOU, CHINA, 24-25 MARCH 2011 – China is now the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer with an annual output of 4,382 MW and the number is still increasing. The current yearly output of solar cells in Jiangsu Province accounts for 65% of the national output and 25% of global output.
Supported by Changzhou People’s Municipal Government and UNIDO ITPO-CHINA, the 3rd China Solar Energy Technology and Investment Congress organized by the Administrative Committee of Changzhou National High-Tech District and Noppen took place on 24-25 March 2011 in Changzhou. With over 150 attendees the congress brought together senior government officials, leading solar cell manufacturers and equipment suppliers from all over the world to discuss the latest industrial policies, China’s major solar projects progress, and advanced technology solutions and equipment selection.
Meeting between HAN Jiuyun, the Vice Mayor of Changzhou People’s Municipal Government and Dr. Mohan Narayanan, Vice President, Hanwha SolarOne Ltd
On day one morning, before the conference began, a meeting was held with HAN Jiuyun, the Vice Mayor of Changzhou People’s Municipal Government. He made a speech introducing the solar industry in Changzhou which was followed by selected attending delegates one by one introducing their companies. Meeting attendees included XUE Jiannan, Standing Committee, Changzhou National High-Tech District; ZHAO Hao, Director, Photovoltaic Industry Park, Changzhou New District Administration Office; QIU Dimin, Director of Technical Committee, Trina Solar Limited; JIANG Leiyan, Deputy Director, Changzhou National High-Tech District Business Council; and representatives from Hanwha SolarOne Ltd, Krempel Gmbh, TÜV Rheinland Co Ltd, etc. Following the meeting HAN Jiuyun gave a welcome speech opening the session; and DAI Yuan, Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Changzhou National Hi-tech District presented an overview of the solar industry and its investment environment in Changzhou. Currently, Changzhou National Hi-tech District is one of the most competitive development zones in east China. “The event is of high standard and provided rewarding results” Roger Shanghai Co Ltd
Key speakers at the event included Dr. REN Dongming, Director, Center for Renewable Energy Development, Energy Research Institute, NDRC who discussed the implementation of the latest government incentive policies and the development strategy for China’s solar industry. It was a very valued opportunity for our delegates to talk with the NDRC directly. Many questions were asked regarding the future of industrial distribution. Dr. YU Pingrong, Director, Solar Energy Center at Beijing University was Chairman of the conference. In addition to his speech on international industrial chain integration, Dr. Yu gave great remarks on each presentation and asked some challenging questions to aid the delegates in better understand the topics presented. ZHANG Wen, CEO and CTO of Dongfang Electric (Yixing) Magi Solar Power Technology Co Ltd introduced Magi Solar’s cost effective Athena I project. Efficiency levels are above 18.5% in mass production, a number which is leading in the current solar cell manufacturing industry. “Great sessions, very good one-to-one meetings!” Chroma Ate Inc. Notable speakers also included Dr. LUO Xiang National Program Director UNIDO ITPO-CHINA, who talked about issues related to the outsourcing industry chain. Dr. Luo’s presentation analyzed the current China solar industry from an investor’s viewpoint and provided the local investors with some new business model ideas. Currently UNIDO is investing heavily in China’s solar industry. Dr. Luo also presented a case study of the Changzhou Model, concluding that it is the most effective one as it puts emphases on the Brand + Capital + Industry chain. “The event was well organized and the topic areas covered by experts reasonable” State Grid Electric Power Research Institute
Industry leaders introduced their most up-to-date technology and product information. LI Zhanrong, Senior Advisor, Sichuan Xinguang Silicon-Tech Co Ltd compared different ways of producing polysilicon materials focusing on efficiency and raw materials consumption. Mr. Li has over 40 years work experience in semiconductor polysilicon materials’ research and development. Guy Rong, President and CEO, Suntrix Company Limited introduced SCPV technology which is the latest generation of solar PV technology. The SCPV developed by Suntrix is in the mass production stage with efficiency up to 25%. Dr. Ihor Melnyk fromCentrotherm Photovoltaics AG illustrated the latest developments in the crystalline silicon based photovoltaic technology manufacturing process, and from PICOSUN OY, Dr. LI Wei-min discussed atomic layer deposition technology for photovoltaic industrial applications. The new ALD technology can be used in thin-film solar cell manufacturing. Delegates showed great interest in this new technology and asked a lot of questions about the practice during the Q&A session. “Excellent, valuable and very profitable!” CECEP Solar Energy Technology Co Ltd
Prominent speakers also included Christian Dreier, Vice General Manager, TÜV Rheinland (Shanghai) Co Ltd which offers testing services to the solar industry. He discussed long-term outdoor exposure testing in different environments. Dr. Ray Lian of Solarbuzz showcased the latest industry data and forecasted the global PV market trends for 2011; and from Krempel Gmbh, Karlheinz Brust discussed guidelines for the successful selection of material components for PV modules, which can directly affect the performance of solar cells/modules both in efficiency and safety. Speakers also came from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Intertek Testing Services Limited, Hanwha SolarOne Ltd, New Energy Institute of DEC, Feng Neng Sgurr (Beijing) Renewable Energy Technology Co Ltd and Jetion Solar (China) Co Ltd.“Professional arrangement, excellent staff and very good translators” Sandvik Thermal Process Inc.
The event concluded on day three with a site tour to Trina Photovoltaic Industrial Park attended by some of Trina Solar’s senior leaders and also a visit to Changzhou National Hi-tech District. Trina currently has the largest vertically integrated PV chain in the world, from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of high quality modules. “Thanks to the staff of Noppen. The organization was very good” Krempel Group. Noppen would like to express special thanks to the 3rd China Solar Energy Technology and Investment Congress sponsors; Krempel Group, Honoprof/Picosun, Intertek, Chroma, G-Crystal, Roger Shanghai, TÜV Rheinland, Yukun New Energy, LAND, BIG in our mind, ABB, GCL, Mitsun Chemicals Group, Bender, and Linde for their great contribution to the event. “The content was well-rounded and the event professional, really top notch!” China Power Investment Jiangsu Branch.
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