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- This year we have launched GFI(Gapless Flexible Interconnection) Technology.
- JA Solar has always adhered to the product design concept of “customer-oriented” and we have developed a wide range of products for residential, commercial and utility-scale PV projects application.
- DeepBlue 3.0 series have been widely used in different applications across Africa effectively reducing the LCOE and increasing customer revenue.
Tell us about the recent key developments at JA Solar this year.
In recent years, demand for high power and high-efficiency modules has been growing across the global PV market and Africa has seen larger wafer sizes roll out i.e 182mm & 210mm wafer modules. As a company, we have developed DeepBlue 3.0 series modules that are built using 182mm wafer. DeepBlue 3.0 integrates the advantages of multiple high-efficiency and low-degradation technologies including the high-efficiency cell technology PERCIUM+, and Ga-doped silicon wafers with great performance in reliability, conversion efficiency, and power generation. Designed in configurations of 54-cell, 72-cell, 78-cell and module efficiency above 21.3%, the DeepBlue 3.0 series have been widely used in different application across Africa effectively reducing the LCOE and increasing customer revenue. Also, we have launched our new DeepBlue 4.0X, an improved version of the n-type series using our own BYCIUM+ cell technology based on the 182mm low-oxygen wafers with 25% cell efficiency.
Being a leading producer of PV modules, please tell us how your PV modules are best suited to the Eastern African region.
JA Solar has always adhered to the product design concept of “customer-oriented” and we have developed a wide range of products for residential, commercial and utility-scale PV projects application. Our DeepBlue 3.0, DeepBlue 3.0 pro and DeepBlue 4.0X product series with advantages of stability, reliability, high efficiency, cost advantage in the manufacturing part, and high compatibility with the system have been fully verified, and we are offerings our customers a new choice of high-quality and high-power modules.
What have been some latest technological advancements at JA Solar?
This year we have launched GFI Technology. GFI stands for Gapless flexible interconnection and in this technology, a round ribbon and special cushion design are applied to realize gapless connection between cells and improve module efficiency, deal with mechanical stress at cell connections and eliminates micro-crack problem. We are using this new technology in our new DeepBlue 3.0 pro and DeepBlue 4.0X.
Please tell us what milestones you are planning for the next year.
Despite of higher freight costs and COVID-19 impacts on the continent, we have deployed more than 100GW around the globe by H1 2022 and in africa we anticipate having a 20% market share and at least 25% growth compared to 2022.
Anything else you would like to highlight?
The Eastern Africa region has been hailed as a prime location for solar energy development as it experiences very high levels of solar irradiation throughout the whole year. However, in terms of energy access, the region has the highest share of unelectrified inhabitants in the continent. Even those that are fortunate enough to have access to electricity most often experience a service that is unreliable and expensive. These two factors are the main drivers for the development of solar energy systems in the region. A study by IRENA puts East Africa ahead of other regions on the continent with a potential of 220 petawatt-hours (PWh) per annum for solar PV.
Despite all this potential in East Africa, solar still contributes less than 2% of East Africa’s electricity mix. Hydro leads the way at about 54% and hydro’s share is still growing significantly, followed by natural gas at about 14%, then geothermal at about 12%. In order to increase the Solar mix, the East African nations have implemented a number of policies and incentives for Solar PV such as an import duty exemption, reducing import duties to 0%, and the removal of value-added tax on solar products.
We believe there is great potential for Solar PV development in the region, and would promote the application of solar PV with our premium products and services.