Taiwan’s PV Industry Strong and Well
The annual PV Taiwan exhibition was held in Taipei October 26-28 with a three day exhibition and a two day forum. Backed by the Taiwan government and organized by SEMI, the PV Taiwan Forum featured speakers and materials discussing polysilicon, thin film, HCPV, OPV and next-generation PV technologies. Twenty industrial leaders, including heads of businesses from Gintech, Manz, Motech, Solarbuzz and SpectroLab, spoke at the forum to share their latest developments, market insights and overall trends.
Noteworthy information I gathered at the show was that in Taiwan, the first half of 2010 has seen major profits for all leading manufacturers in the photovoltaic industry. As ceaseless demand far surpasses supply, companies have rushed to increase production. It is estimated that by the end of 2010, global production of solar wafers will increase by 56% from the previous year. In addition, worldwide production of crystalline silicon solar cells will also increase 71% over the same period.
The increase in activity in the photovoltaic industry was evident by the number of exhibitors at the show. A total of 251 companies from the global solar PV industry showcased their products. The exhibition featured four key areas—HCPV, Cross-strait, Academic Poster Section and Outdoor Displays. The highlight of the event and which attracted a lot of attention was GET’s demonstration of the largest thin-film solar panel in Taiwan, 2.6mX2.2m, made on Applied Materials equipment.
On the first day of PV Taiwan, Applied Materials also announced that Hareon Solar Corporation selected Applied’s SmartFactory manufacturing automation software to improve productivity across Hareon’s solar PV cell manufacturing operations in China. Hareon Solar will deploy Applied’s software at its cell subsidiaries, Jiangyin Hareon Solar Technology Co., Ltd. and Altusvia Energy Co., Ltd. Hareon Solar selected the SmartFactory system because of its unique ability to combine wafer and cell production lines into a single virtual factory, enabling the system to increase megawatt output and drive down costs by synchronizing production across different geographical locations in real time.