Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs issued "Taiwan Excellent PV Award of 2016" on December 23. Six companies received the honor: Sino-American Silicon, Tainergy, TSEC, Gintech, Neo Solar Power (NSP), and RITEK Energy Division. Evaluation criteria were much more rigorous this year than ever. NSP's award-winning 302Wp module performed the highest power output among all award receivers.
Taiwan Excellent PV Award includes two categories: solar cell and solar PV module. Evaluation criteria included energy conversion efficiency, safety, and durability. Contestants who passed all the testing are awarded. 2016 Taiwan Excellent PV Award's detailed testing and review processes are existing items: LID test, salt-spray-resistant test, PID test, and newly-added wind-resistance test. The entire test process is the toughest ever.
NSP reigns on top of module efficiency
NSP Received Taiwan Excellent PV Award 2016 in both solar cell and module categories. The awarded cell is latest Black 21 series cell, with an average conversion efficiency of more than 21.4%. As for its prize winning module, D6P300E3A, the output voltage reaches 302Wp. This product was the only module product whose power output surpassed 300W among the prize winners.
In a phone call with EnergyTrend, NSP expressed the award-winning D6P300E3A module adopts cells with higher conversion efficiency, so we assume that the cell utilized is NSP's mono-si PERC cell product. This module can be produced and delivered when customers order.
In Taiwan, NSP currently owns about 70MW module production capacity in Hukou Township, Hsinchu County. Due to NSP's positive expectation for Taiwan’s solar market development, it plans to expand 100MW high efficiency module capacity in Taiwan in 2017. Taiwan government provides extra 6% Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) bonus for projects that use certified high-efficiency modules, so this type of product will provide higher profits for NSP’s local customers.
(Photo: NSP's module exhibited in PV Taiwan 2016)
(Reported by Rhea Tsao, chief editor of EnergyTrend; translated by Janet Chen, translator at TrendForce Corp.)