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Intersolar Europe 2022: PV and ESS product launches

May 13, 2022 InfoLInk


PV product highlights

This year saw most manufacturers display p-type PERC modules, with formats varying for rooftop and ground-mounted projects. Generally, modules for rooftop projects are rated between 400-450 W, whilst ground-mounted projects see 182mm and 210mm modules rated beyond 550-660 W.

Chinese manufacturers exhibited modules featuring 182mm and 210mm wafers, while their European peers still focus on 166mm ones. Chinese OEM companies also introduce 182mm and 210mm products.

In addition to standard modules, BIPV is also showcased at the exhibition. Some European manufacturers are featuring distinguished products, such as low-carbon footprint modules.

▲ Ground-mounted product

▲ Rooftop product

N-type TOPCon and HJT products are another highlight. Chinese manufacturers including Huasun, East Risen, Canadian Solar, and Golden Glass, present HJT modules, whilst Tongwei exhibited M6 HJT cells. Jinko, Jolywood, Trina, and JA Solar bring forward TOPCon modules, while Tongwei presented G12 TOPCon cells. Some European companies produce n-type products in their China-based manufacturing plants. The stage for n-type products appears heteroglossic.

In Europe, end users begin to consider n-type products for orders next year, suggesting the market’s growing readiness for n-type products. Presently, as manufacturers proactively expanding n-type market, TOPCon finds its price differences with p-type PERC shrink to USD 0.01-0.02/W. Against this backdrop, TOPCon products, with high power output, will compete with p-type PERC products. The future looks bright for TOPCon.

HJT manufacturers, on the other hand, are subject to production costs. There are still USD 0.01-0.05/W of price differences between HJT and p-type PERC products. Further development hinges on cost reduction.

Besides modules, European module makers show great interests in n-type cells.

▲ TOPCon product

▲ HJT product

The European market is abuzz with local manufacturing, with equipment suppliers for cells receiving many inquiries. However, cell manufacturing requires huge investments. Doubled with rising electricity rates in Europe that pushes up production costs, cost reduction is still a huge concern.

Module manufacturing has seen some capacity expansions. As a result, local manufacturing may not make headway in the short term. As module prices stay elevated this year, Europe, with wider price acceptance and robust demand, is targeted by manufactures. This year, Turkey and Indonesia exhibited products as well. Competition in the bloc will intensify.

ESS product highlights

This year, ees Europe features a variety of C&I and residential energy storage products. As Germany, already the pioneering country for BTM residential storage, faces impacts of the energy crunch, smart energy and smart home become two keywords on the exhibition. This underpins the importance of solar-plus-storage application and design, for software and hardware applications must be accommodated with energy generation, transmission and distribution, storage, and end users.

For instance, residential projects centered around energy storage systems, integrated with electricity grids, renewable generators, PCS, inverters, EMS, and charging stations, as shown in the graph below from AMPERE ENERGY.

Energy storage supply chain include cell, PCS, integration, and EMS segments. Companies of all these segments have introduced products. LGES presents cells, energy storage modules, and cabinets, as well as solutions, whilst CATL exhibits C&I ESS. With various BTM residential and C&I energy storage products ranging 5-100 kWh in size, the transformation of energy market and business model is worth anticipating.  

One eye-catching product is the A Rolls Royce solution introduced by Rolls-Royce. The mtu EnergyPack product features a system capacity of 70-2200 kWh.

End users and EV charging station are two other highlights. Inverter companies, such as SMA, Power Electronics, and Delta, launch sundry V2G solution charging station products.

In addition to hardware and accessories, the exhibition saw emergence of companies developing EMS-related energy monitoring software that increase energy efficiency, echoing with the concept of smart energy. The abundancy of the exhibition proves that energy storage is not only changing the way we use electricity, but also the way we live.

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