Advanced cell and module design for solar LCOE optimization: Is white glass–glass module the future

Published: June 16, 2017

By Dr. Qiang Huang, Dr. Qiang Huang is vice president of solar BU for GCL System Integration. Prior to joining GCL, he was vice president at Trina Solar for seven years, and a founding director of State Key Laboratories. He also spent seven years working in semiconductors, mainly at TSMC, and holds a Ph.D. from the National Universit y of Singapore.; Li Xinchang, Li Xinchang received h i s b a c he l o r ’s i n a u t o m a t i o n instrumentation from t he Un i v e r s i t y of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and his MBA from Southeast University, China. He is currently a senior module product manager at GCL.

The estimated PV system installation capacity in 2016 was ~70GW worldwide [1], as shown in Fig. 1. In fact, the production volume in 2015 was around 200 times that in 2000, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 40%. It has recently been noted that as the PV industry matures, the mindset is changing from $/W to $/kWh. While $/W is still a major driving force, the significance of other factors that influence the cost of energy must also be considered. In this regard, PV development is entering the era of $/kWh-oriented optimization.

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