Top 5 crystalline module solar panel manufacturers
Yingli Green Energy (Yingli), the global leader in crystalline module manufacturing in 2012, has retained its top position in 2013 after producing 9.4 percent of the world’s crystalline modules in the same year, according to new figures released by research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest findings show that Trina Solar (Trina) is a close competitor of Yingli’s. Trina produced 400 megawatts less than Yingli in 2013, which puts the company in second place.
“The recovery of solar photovoltaic demand in 2013 benefited the supply side of the market significantly,” said Sameer Joshi, director of research and analysis for power and alternative energy at GlobalData. “As a result, crystalline module production grew from 30 gigawatts (GW) in 2012 to 33 GW in 2013, representing an impressive annual growth rate of 10.4 percent.”
The top 5 crystalline module solar panel manufacturers are:
2.) Trina Solar
3.) Sharp – The company gained entry into the top five crystalline module manufacturers in 2013 with a leap to third position from sixth in 2012.
4.) Canadian Solar – The moves of Sharp and Trina displaced Canadian Solar as the second-ranking company in 2012 to fourth place in 2013.
5.) JinkoSolar – The company jumped up from eighth position in 2012 and supplanted JA Solar to become fifth in 2013, according to GlobalData.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.