Home solar module provide chain buzz at RE+ 2022

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By Chris Crowell September 26, 2022

Underneath the optimistic vibes of RE+ and the passing of the IRA remains to be this awkward actuality: A ton of solar modules are being detained on the border by U.S. Customs as they implement the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). Analysts at ROTH Capital Partners put the quantity at 3 GW because the legislation was enacted, with the full by 12 months’s finish within the 9 GW to 12 GW vary.

That’s a giant deal, and nobody is able to focus on it on file (or is aware of how this problem begins to resolve), however we’re following it as intently as we will.

Meanwhile, module firms that aren’t caught up within the UFLPA, and a few key North America PV part suppliers, made a number of large bulletins final week in Anaheim.

REC solar module

REC Group, offered its newest high-efficiency solar panel at RE+ 2022 for the U.S. marketplace for the primary time. The new REC Alpha Pure-R options heterojunction (HJT) cells within the massive G12 format in a patented panel design. REC’s latest product delivers power output of as much as 430 Wp, whereas maintaining the module underneath 21 sq. toes. The REC Alpha Pure-R is right for residential installations the place house is proscribed. Production simply began at REC’s new manufacturing strains in Singapore, doubling REC’s Alpha product line capability from 600 MW to 1.2 GW.

Solar Solutions Group, official licensee of Electrolux branded solar merchandise, is partnering with AIONRISE for the manufacture of Electrolux solar modules for the North American market and past. The Electrolux model, particularly premium model AEG, has been steadily rising across the globe. In early 2022 1 million AEG solar modules had been offered globally, and the corporate is nicely on its approach to the second million.

AIONRISE was chosen for this entry in North America due to its cutting-edge manufacturing facility positioned within the United States.

“Our automated manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia and are certified by TÜV Rheinland according to UL and IEC standards. We rely on Swiss and German manufacturing technology and high quality European sourced components for the production of our panels and we are extremely confident that we will provide the USA consumer with the true Electrolux experience,” mentioned Shokhrukh Baratov CBDO & Co-founder of AIONRISE.

Panasonic evervolt

Panasonic Eco Systems North America unveiled two new strains of all-black compact EverVolt solar modules. The new 430W/420W HK Black Series panels use half-cut cells and heterojunction expertise with gapless connections. Adding to Panasonic’s suite of modules made with Passivated Emitter and Rear Contact (PERC) expertise, the brand new 400W/390W VK Black Series modules present eco-conscious householders with a better vary of solar choices at a extra accessible value level. Both new fashions are coated underneath Panasonic’s EverVolt AllGuard All System Warranty when bought with EverVolt ESS 2.0, which covers solar panels and battery storage when bundled collectively. Both module collection might be accessible Spring 2023.

Star Solar made its official debut. Billed as the primary woman-owned solar module firm, Star has been cautious to pick manufacturing companions from areas outdoors the geo-political zones which might be impacting the U.S. solar provide chain. Currently, Star’s modules are manufactured in Australia. However, the corporate hopes to open a home manufacturing facility within the coming years. The STAR 440W module and STAR 400W module are tailor-made to residential and business prospects, that includes a smooth, all-black design and an 25-year product and 25-year efficiency guarantee. 

North America-based Heliene, as famous on this function, is concentrated on establishing a home, low-carbon solar provide chain to help its progress technique in North America. The module assembler entered right into a memorandum of understanding with Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (CPS) associated to its patterned solar glass being developed in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. Solar glass is hard to acquire outdoors of China, and this might be North America’s first-ever built-in glass manufacturing facility to supply glass for photovoltaic solar panels.

“Amid exploding solar demand and trade volatility, our customers seek peace of mind that they are receiving the highest quality, competitively priced solar modules exactly when and where they need them,” said Martin Pochtaruk, President of Heliene. “Having CPS supply us with a low-carbon glass, free of any geopolitical pressures is an enormous leap forward in the right direction.”

A associated sand-processing facility might be positioned roughly 160 kms north that may course of the low iron silica sand to help the manufacturing of low-iron premium readability glass on the Selkirk web site. Heliene’s anticipated glass demand in 2024 displays over 40% of CPS’ manufacturing functionality for Phase 1 of the brand new facility.

Just weeks after the Inflation Reduction Act was handed, Endurans Solar mentioned it will likely be constructing on its place because the nation’s main home backsheet producer. Significant business volumes of Endurans HP backsheets are already being manufactured in Nashua, N.H., however accommodate anticipated demand each within the US and abroad, Endurans Solar can be executing plans to considerably improve its US backsheet manufacturing capability.

The firm is at present finalizing web site choice for a brand new manufacturing plant, with the brand new line anticipated to develop into operational in mid-2023. The Endurans HP backsheet is manufactured utilizing a singular, lamination-free, co-extrusion course of that delivers superior protecting qualities, based mostly on a novel materials stack.

Not particularly linked to a push into North America, however an enlargement to observe: India’s Goldi Solar unveiled its new and landmark product providing HELOC̣ Plus, a high-efficiency and low on carbon module collection with Heterojunction expertise. Subsequently, it’s going to broaden its capability to five GW.

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Tags: AIONRISE, Heliene, Panasonic, RE+, REC Group, Star Solar

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