Silicon Module Super League

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Silicon Module Super League
AbbreviationSMSL
TypeGroup

The Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) later the Solar Module Super League[1] is a group of major crystalline silicon (c-Si) module suppliers in the solar PV industry. The 'big six' industry group members were Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS, JA Solar, Jinko Solar, and Trina Solar.[clarification needed] LONGi[2] the world's largest solar monocrystalline silicon manufacturer and GCL,[3] the world's largest solar poly crystalline silicon manufacturer, both joined the SMSL in mid-2016.[4]

The achievement scale of this solar module industry breakaway group is notable. These seven module suppliers have been forecast to ship about half of the world's end-market supply during 2017.[5]

Chinese solar engineers at Trina Solar hold the record for a 22.61% PV efficiency in mono-PERC-cells with Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) technology developed at its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China [6] That one-third efficiency improvement was achieved in four years of PV research in China.[7]

SMSL group members have held the PV efficiency record for some time. Trina Solar in 2015 had set the previous record of 22.13%. Again, in July 2016, Trina Solar claimed that its production lines were able to produce the same kind of PERC cells in large volume with an average efficiency of 21.12%. This new, later higher cell efficiency which surpasses Trina Solar's record, has been independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany. Trina Solar achieves 24.13% conversion efficiency for IBC solar cell.[8]

As of February 2019, PVTech added First Solar and Risen Energy to the list of SMSL manufacturers.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Colville, Finlay (1 February 2019). "First Solar and Risen Energy included in new SMSL for 2019". PV Tech. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  2. ^ "LONGi is the fastest growing PV manufacturer in the industry". April 2017.
  3. ^ "GCL joins the exclusive Silicon Module Super League for 2016". 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ Colville, F. Longi Silicon Materials becomes latest member of Silicon Module Super League. PV Tech. July 11, 2016 10:06 AM BST. Accessed 12/19/2016
  5. ^ Colville, F. Longi Silicon Materials becomes latest member of Silicon Module Super League. PV Tech. July 11, 2016 10:06 AM BST. Accessed 12/19/2016
  6. ^ Kenning, T. Trina sets new mono PERC cell efficiency record of 22.61%. PV Tech. Dec 19, 2016 1:16 PM GMT
  7. ^ 22.61% (December 2016 record)/17% (December 2012 record) = 1.33 (a one-third improvement)
  8. ^ PV Tech. Mark Osborne May 05, 2017 12:30 PM BST