List of photovoltaics companies

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This is a list of notable photovoltaics (PV) companies.

Grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) is the fastest growing energy technology in the world, with 50% annual increases in cumulative installed capacity in 2006 and 2007, to an estimated 7.7 GW. This translates into 1.5 million homes with rooftop photovoltaics feeding into the electricity grid worldwide.[1] During 2007, investment in new solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities was strong in Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan and the United States, with many new operations reported.[2] Since October 2009, the Canadian province of Ontario has had vast success with the implementation of their feed-in tariff incentive for grid-connected solar systems. Ontario is currently leading the way in North America with this comprehensive renewable energy incentive.[3]

Photovoltaics companies include PV capital equipment producers, cell manufacturers, panel manufacturers and installers. The list does not include silicon manufacturing companies.

Photovoltaic manufacturers[edit]

Top ten[edit]

Yearly Ranking

Top 10 solar module players in the world

Solar modules, as the final products to be installed to generate electricity, are regarded as the major components to be selected by customers willing to choose solar PV energy. Solar module manufacturers must be sure that their products can be sustainable for application periods of more than 25 years. As a result, major solar module players have their products be proved by publically recognized testing organizations and guarantee their durable efficiency rate for a certain period of years. The solar PV market has been growing for the past few years. According to solar PV research company, PVinsights, worldwide shipment of solar modules in 2011 was around 25 GW, and the shipment year over year growth was around 40%. The top 5 solar module players in 2011 in turns are Suntech, First Solar, Yingli, Trina, and Canadian. The top 5 solar module companies possessed 51.3% market share of solar modules, according to PVinsights' market intelligence report.

2011 Ranking Marketshare Solar Module Company 2010 ranking Marketshare Country
1 5.8% Suntech 1 8.1% China China
2 5.7% First Solar 2 7.9% United States USA
3 4.8% Yingli Solar 4 6.4% China China
4 4.3% Trina Solar 5 6.1% China China
5 4.0% Sungen Solar 6 5.3% China China
6 2.8% Sharp 3 [4] Japan Japan
7 2.8% Sunpower 8 [4] United States USA
8 2.7% Hanwha Solarone 7 [4] South Korea South Korea
9 2.3% Jinko >10 [4] China China
10 1.9% REC 10 [4] Norway Norway
Source[5][6]

Top 10 solar cell players

According to an annual market survey by the photovoltaics trade publication Photon International, global production of photovoltaic cells and modules in 2009 was 12.3 GW. The top ten manufacturers accounted for 45% of this total.[7] In 2010, a tremendous growth of solar PV cell shipments doubled the solar PV cell market size. According to the solar PV market research company,PVinsights, Suntech topped the ranking of solar cell production. Most of the top ten solar PV producers doubled their shipment in 2010 and five of them were over one gigawatt shipments.The top ten solar cell producers dominated the market with an even higher market share, say 50~60%, with respect to an assumed twenty gigawatt cell shipments in 2010

Solar Cell Company Country 2009 shipment(MW) 2010 shipment(MW)
Suntech China China 704 1572
JA Solar China China 520 1464
First Solar United States USA 1100 1411
Yingli Solar China China 525.3 1062
Trina Solar China China 399 1057
Motech Solar Taiwan Taiwan 360 924
Q-Cells Germany Germany 586 907
Gintech Taiwan Taiwan 368 827
Sharp Japan Japan 595 774
Sungen Solar China China 193 588
Source Photon PVinsights

Note: 2009 shipments of Motech and Canadian Solar are by PVinsights.

Quarterly ranking

Top 10 Solar Module Companies Quarterly.gif

Although yearly ranking is as listed above, quarterly ranking can indicate that which company can sustain particular conditions such as sever price adjustment, Government Feed-in Tariff change, Weather conditions and etc. In 2Q11, First solar regained Championship of solar module shipment from Suntech.From the 2Q11 results, four phenomena should be noticed. (1) Thin Film leader First Solar still dominates (2) More Centralized in solar module market (3) Chinese companies soared (4) Giga-Watt game is prevailing. (According to Latest Solar Model Shipment report by PVinsigts)[8]

Thin-film ranking Thin films represented 16.8% of total global production, up from 12.5% in 2008. The top ten thin-film producers were:

1 Estimated

Listed by manufacturing capability[edit]

Notable PV Production Lines in 2009, Technology, Capacity & Production[7][9][10]
Company Country Technology Capacity (MW) Production (MW)
2006 2007 2008 2009 2006 2007 2008 2009
Bosch Germany - - 220 260 270 - 55 143 200
BP Solar Spain Laser buried grid2 - 80 - - 12 15 401 -
Australia MC Screen print - 52 - - 33 35 401 -
Greenshine New Energy USA - - 43 - - 25 27 301 -
Canadian Solar Canada - 0 100 270 420 0 40 102.8 200
China Sunergy China - - 192 320 320 - 80 100-120 194
Conergy Germany - 0 2751 1001 250 0 01 501 1001
DelSolar Taiwan - 50 100 120 120 - 54 83 88.8
China - - - - 60 - - - 0
E-Ton Solar Taiwan - - 200 320 320 35 62 97 220
Evergreen Solar4 USA String ribbon - 17 58.5 145 13 16 26.5 103.4
Germany String ribbon - 90 - - 15 50 - -
China String ribbon - - - - - - - -
First Solar USA CdTe - 119 147 160 60 119 1451 143
Germany CdTe 0 158 196 214 0 81 192 192.5
Malaysia CdTe 0 0 392 854 0 0 167 764.5
Gintech Taiwan - - 210 310 660 6 60 180 368
Isofoton Spain - - 130 180 140 61 87 130 70
JA Solar Holdings China - - 225 750 800 30 132 300 520
Kyocera Japan - - - 360 - 1802 207 290 400
Mitsubishi Electric Japan - - 150 220 220 111 121 148 120
Mitsubishi Heavy Japan - - 14 42 68 13 14 401 421
Motech Taiwan - - 240 350 470 102 176 270 296
China - 0 0 60 130 0 0 64
MX Group Italy - - - 60 90 - - 37 67
Neo Solar Power Taiwan - - 60 210 240 4 36 1351 201
Ningbo Solar Electric China - - 100 250-270 350 - 100 1751 260
Photowatt France - - 60 60 - 33 38 58 49
Photovoltech NV Belgium - - 80 80 80 18 29 80 54
Q-Cells Germany - - 516 760 5003 253 389 570 551
Malaysia CdTe - - - 300 - - - 20
Germany (Calyxo) - 0 8 25 10 0 1 31 1
Germany (Solibro) - 0 0 30 30 0 0 5 14
Germany (Sontor) - 0 8 25 - 0 11 3.6 -
Renewable Energy Corporation Norway - - - - 150 - - 80 115
Panasonic Japan - - 2651 345 345 155 165 215 260
Schott Solar Germany - 118 162 205 355 83 74 138 218
USA - 14 - 15 15 13 10 11 11
Sharp Japan - - 710 710 710 434 363 473 595
Solarday Italy - - 20 60 90 - 30 37 50
SolarPark Korea South Korea Crystalline silicon - - - 170 - - - 90
SolarWorld Germany - - 1601 3001 5001 70 135 2001 2001
USA - 551 - 100 250 201 351 301 501
Solland Netherlands - - 60 170 170 18 36 60 80
SunPower Philippines - - 214 414 574 63 100 237 397
Malaysia - - - - - - - - -
Suntech China - - 540 10002 1100 160 336 5302 704
Sunways Germany - - 46 116 116 25 38 49 601
Trina Solar China - - 110 350 600 - 29 210 399
United Solar Ovonic USA Thin Film Flexible amorphous silicon - 1181 1781 150 28 48 112.6 123.4
Yingli China - 200 400 600 37 145 281.5 525.3

1 Estimated production/capacity[7]
2 Plant closed in 2009.[11]
3 Production greater than capacity due to closing of some production lines in mid-year.
4 Filed for bankruptcy on Aug 15, 2011[12] According to EnergyTrend, the 2011 Global Top Ten Polysilicon, Solar Cell and Solar Module Manufacturers by capacity are found in countries including People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Germany, Japan, and Korea.

In 2011, the global top ten polysilicon makers by capacity are as follows, GCL, Hemlock, OCI, Wacker, LDK, REC, MEMC, Tokuyama, LCY and Woongjin, represented by People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and South Korea.

2011 global top ten polysilicon manufacturers by capacity[edit]

Company Capacity (Tons) Country
GCL 65,000 China
OCI 65,000 Korea
HSC 43,000 USA
Wacker 33,000 Germany
LDK 25,000 China
REC 19,000 Norway
MEMC 15,000 USA
Tokuyama 9,200 Japan
LCY 8,000 Taiwan
Woongjin 5,000 Korea
Source EnergyTrend [3]

On the other hand, the 2011 global top ten solar cell makers by capacity are dominated by both Chinese and Taiwanese companies, including Suntech, JA Solar, Trina, Yingli, Motech, Gintech, Canadian Solar, NeoSolarPower, Hanwha Solar One and JinkoSolar.

2011 global top ten solar cell manufacturers by capacity[edit]

Company Capacity (MW) Country
Suntech 2,400 China
JA Solar 2,100 China
Trina Solar 1,900 China
Yingli 1,700 China
Motech Solar 1,500 Taiwan
Gintech 1,500 Taiwan
Canadian Solar 1,300 China
Neo Solar Power 1,300 Taiwan
Hanwha Solar One 1,100 Korea
JinkoSolar 1,100 China
Source EnergyTrend [4]

In terms of solar module by capacity, the 2011 Global Top Ten are: Suntech, LDK, Canadian Solar, Trina, Yingli, Hanwha Solar One, Solar World, Jinko Solar, Sunneeg and Sunpower, represented by makers in People's Republic of China and Germany.

2011 global top ten solar module manufacturers by capacity[edit]

Company Capacity (MW) Country
Suntech 2,400 China
LDK 2,500 China
Canadian Solar 2,000 China
Trina Solar 1,900 China
Yingli 1,700 China
Hanwha Solarone 1,500 Korea
SolarWorld 1,400 Germany
Jinko 1,100 China
SUNGEN 1,000 China
Sunpower 1,000 USA
Source EnergyTrend [5]

In terms of wafer and cell capacities, both makers from Taiwan and China have demonstrated significant year over year growth from 2010 to 2011.

China and Taiwan production capacity[edit]

China (MV) Taiwan (MV)
2010 Wafer Capacity 15,300 2,640
2011 Wafer Capacity 26,000 5,020
year over year growth 70% 90%
2010 Cell Capacity 11,200 5,415
2011 Cell Capacity 24,000 10,045
year over year growth 114% 86%
Source EnergyTrend [6]

Solar photovoltaic production by country[edit]

China now manufactures almost half of the world’s solar photovoltaics (China and Taiwan together share 60% of the world market). China’s production has been rapidly escalating – in 2001 it had less than 1% of the world market.

Data on the world's largest solar PV producers including China, Taiwan, US, Japan, Germany solar PV production 2001-2010

[13]

Other companies[edit]

Other notable companies include:[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ REN21 (2008). Renewables 2007 Global Status Report (PDF) p. 6.
  2. ^ REN21 (2008). Renewables 2007 Global Status Report (PDF) p. 19.
  3. ^ [1] Ontario Power Authority FIT success press release, March 10, 2010
  4. ^ a b c d e 2011 top 10 solar module players by PVinsights Monthly report
  5. ^ PVinsights
  6. ^ Renewables 2012 Global Status Report
  7. ^ a b c Hirshman, W. P., "Surprise, surprise (cell production 2009: survey)," Photon International, (March 2010), pp. 176-199.
  8. ^ http://pvinsights.com/Report/ReportPMM31A.php
  9. ^ Hirshman, W. P., "Little smiles on long faces (cell production 2008: survey)," Photon International, (March 2009), pp. 170-206.
  10. ^ Hirshman, W. P., G. Hering, and M. Schmela, "Gigawatts — the measure of things to come (cell production 2006: survey)," Photon International, (March 2007), pp. 136-166.
  11. ^ BP Solar closes its Spanish factories
  12. ^ Evergreen Solar Seeks Bankruptcy
  13. ^ "US-China Solar Trade Case Background". FutureofUSChinaTrade.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Land of Giants: PV Players and Prospects Renewable Energy World, 13 March 2008. Retrieved on 18 April 2008.
  15. ^ Land of giants: PV majors making waves Renewable Energy World, 15 March
  16. ^ Sacramento Solar
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ SolarEdge Solar Inverters
  19. ^ Zebra Energy Solar Modules
  20. ^ Solar Green Energy

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