LONGi Photo voltaic is experiencing hovering demand for its merchandise because the Inflation Discount Act (IRA) turbocharges the US’ PV sector and is actively working to adjust to the nation’s import restrictions to make sure buyer deliveries.
That perception was offered to PV Tech on the RE+ commerce present in Anaheim, California final month, the place LONGi additionally launched its new Hello-MO 5 54c monofacial and bifacial modules for North America’s residential and industrial and industrial (C&I) sectors.
“It’s positively been a rocky few years with a pandemic,” says MJ Shiao, LONGi’s head of enterprise growth. “However with the IRA, we’re seeing a tonne of demand as individuals’s pipelines are increasing a number of occasions over they usually’re in search of provides from us.”
“We’re already a number one provider to the market however how will we proceed to develop with our prospects?” asks Shiao.
In March 2022, LONGi introduced it was so as to add 20GW of monocrystalline silicon wafer capability, 30GW of excessive effectivity photo voltaic cell capability and 5GW excessive effectivity photo voltaic module capability in Internal Mongolia’s Ordos Metropolis. And final month it mentioned it will enhance the deliberate manufacturing capability of a brand new ingot and wafer mission from 20GW to 46GW.
Shiao mentioned these expansions, in addition to different deliberate buildouts outdoors of China, would assist service that rising buyer demand. Declining to say how lengthy the corporate is booked out for, Shiao mentioned: “now we have numerous capability and numerous demand.”
Key to assembly this demand in a US context, nonetheless, is guaranteeing that LONGi’s provide chains are compliant with the nation’s import restrictions such because the Uyghur Compelled Labour Prevention Act (UFLPA) and the Withhold Launch Order (WRO) .
“Now we have a really sturdy adherence to world compliance on the power labour facet and now we have a strict code of conduct,” says Shiao. “We’re trying on the commerce guidelines which are applied in any of the international locations that we’re working in and we’re adhering to them.”
Shiao mentioned LONGi was actively working with the US’ Customs and Border Safety (CBP) company with reference to each the Hoshine WRO and UFLPA with a view to show that its merchandise are compliant with the US’ import legal guidelines, guaranteeing dependable and well timed deliveries to its shoppers.
LONGi launches Hello-MO 5 54c modules at RE+
Additionally on the RE+ occasion, LONGi launched its new Hello-MO 5 54c monofacial and bifacial all black modules for North America residential and C&I sectors. The only glass module has as much as 420W energy and a 21.5% effectivity, whereas the bifacial module has a twin glass construction and most entrance energy and effectivity of 415W and 21.3%, respectively. Each merchandise are 9BB, 54c codecs (108 half-cut cells) and are based mostly on M10 wafer measurement, CJ Fu, head of Product and Options at LONGi informed this web site.
Each merchandise are based mostly on the mature PERC know-how, anti-LID and LeTID with Gallium-dopped silicon wafer and make use of LONGi’s ‘Sensible Soldering Know-how’ that Fu mentioned will increase module effectivity and reliability.
The size for each modules are 1722 x 1134 x 30mm. The monofacial module weights 45.9lbs (20.8kg) and the bifacial module weights 49.6lbs (22.5kg). Each merchandise have working and brief circuit present decrease than 15A and are suitable with mainstream inverter and optimizer.
When requested by PV Tech what module applied sciences are anticipated to dominate sooner or later, Fu says “it’s nonetheless a bit early to say” however that LONGi was “evaluating numerous n-type and p-type applied sciences to develop aggressive merchandise to be launched to the market quickly.”
“Relating to module format, we count on giant format modules will dominate the market ultimately. The market share for M6 wafer is step by step declining and that of bigger wafers, corresponding to M10 and G12, are growing, with M10 occupying the best market share. We expect M10 merchandise hit the candy spot by reaching a steadiness between efficiency, value and reliability.”
LONGi had beforehand referred to as TOPCon know-how “transitionary” however Fu prefers the time period “immature”.
“At present, we expect TOPCon cell and module know-how remains to be evolving and being optimized. If not performed appropriately, full potential and advantages of TOPCon is probably not realized and inferior efficiency could happen,” he notes, including “its reliability and yield efficiency nonetheless have to be verified.”
“Thus, we advocate buyer to decide on dependable merchandise for return on funding. LONGi R&D groups are working laborious to completely consider this know-how, in addition to different new applied sciences, and develop aggressive merchandise that can be launched to the market quickly.”