Based on its recent analysis of the global solar photovoltaics (PV) market, Frost & Sullivan recognises JinkoSolar with the 2019 Global Technology Leadership Award for augmenting solar PV efficiency in a cost-effective manner. It has increased the short-circuit current with its unique light-capturing technology by leveraging black silicon and the multi-layer ARC technology that reduces the front side reflectivity of cells to less than 0.5 percent.
In Q2 2018, the company set a new world record by achieving 23.95 percent efficiency in P-type monocrystalline cells by optimising selective emitter (SE) formation, silicon oxide passivation, and rear side passivation. It also holds the world record for 60-cell P-type Poly PERC and Mono PERC module output at 347.6W and 370W, respectively.
“Instead of only focusing on efficiency gains, JinkoSolar is also looking to expand its products’ application diversity. For instance, it is aiming to integrate solar into electric cars and charging stations, and ultimately convert any surface exposed to the sun into solar power stations using its bifacial modules. This includes highway fencing, railways, greenhouses, sunrooms, and other building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs),” said Gautham Gnanajothi Global Research Director.
At the end of 2017, the company launched its new half-cell (HC) Eagle HC series, which minimizes module power loss by reducing the module electrical current using small cells and optimised circuit design. This has allowed the Eagle HC to achieve a seamless power boost and unprecedented price-performance ratios. Additionally, it enabled the company to improve the efficiency of standard cells by increasing their power output by 5 to 10W. These HC modules have output comparable to that of PERC modules, but at lower costs. Significantly, JinkoSolar was one of the first companies to achieve gigawatt-scale mass production of HC products.
An integral part of the company’s innovation excellence is its unparalleled manufacturing capability. It leads in equipment automation and has established the world’s most automated gigawatt scale manufacturing facility in Shangrao, Jiangxi province. It also set up intelligent manufacturing by leveraging advanced applications such as Big Data, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile robots. This has endowed its products with enhanced capabilities and performance such as intelligent scheduling and accurate wafer/cell dispatch, precise process control, process matching, quality monitoring, intelligent equipment, and process tuning.
“JinkoSolar’s unwavering focus on technology and innovation has propelled it to the top of the global market,” noted Gnanajothi. “It is the only Tier I module manufacturer to offer both N-type and P-type bifacial modules, and leads in volume production of half cut cell and module, bifacial module, black silicon module. It has achieved its goal of mass producing 158″ wafer and completed mass production of the industry-leading 405W Cheetah series in its next-gen ultra-smart P5 super factory.”
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