SNEC 2021 LIVE: Day one

Welcome to PV Tech’s live coverage of the SNEC PV Power Expo 2021. PV Tech will be reporting live from the exhibition floor in Shanghai, bringing you exclusive video interviews, product demonstrations, insight, analysis and much, much more.

Over the coming days, PV Tech’s China-based editorial team will be interviewing some of the industry’s leading companies and most influential figures, discussing new technologies and products as well as the main topics of discussion within the industry.

This story will be updated throughout the day, so be sure to check in regularly as PV Tech provides you live coverage from SNEC 2021.

15:15 CST / 08:15 BST / 03:15 ET – Bumper crowds at the exhibition

International visitors are obviously absent from this year’s show, but the Chinese delegation has come out in force at SNEC 2021.

14:45 CST / 07:45 BST / 02:45 ET – Hoymiles and Dupont unveil their SNEC 2021 offerings

We’ve heard from two exhibitors already today, inverter supplier Hoymiles and materials provider Dupont. Hoymiles is promoting its full line-up of microinverters at SNEC this year under the banner of ‘Bigger than Ever’. Also on display is Hoymiles’ Gateway DTU-Pro-S data transfer solution, which is timely considering the renewed emphasis on data and telecommunications infrastructure in the industry at the moment. Perhaps most notable from Hoymiles this year is its claim to be the first provider of a microinverter capable of supporting 182mm large-format modules.

“With quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in mind, all our new products are designed to significantly improve the operating performance of the system and reduce the cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour, making sure our customers benefit from lower costs while enjoying the unmatched efficiency of our products,” Zhao Yi , deputy general manager and director of R&D Center of Hoymiles, said.

Dupont meanwhile is exhibiting its transparent backsheet solutions featuring its Tedlar clear film. Transparent backsheets have weight advantages over glass, a subject which is also at the forefront of industry conversation given the recent introduction of larger-format modules that weigh in excess of 30kg, some upwards of 40kg.

14:00 CST / 07:00 BST / 02:00 ET – Images from the Goodwe booth

We’ll be speaking exclusively to Goodwe later today – tune in for that interview later – but the inverter supplier’s booth at the exhibition is attracting visitors.

12:00 CST / 05:00 BST / 24:00 ET – Solar & Storage Finance Asia

As the exhibition starts to liven up, a quick word that our publisher Solar Media returns to South East Asia (albeit in a virtual capacity) next month for the seventh annual Solar & Storage Finance Asia conference, bringing together financiers and developers to further the solar and storage sectors across the continent. More details on the event, and an exclusive discount, can be found below.

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11:15 CST / 04:15 BST / 23:15 ET – Pictures from the exhibition

10:10 CST / 03:10 BST / 22:10 ET – What to expect from the show floor

SNEC is always a showcase of new technologies and products, and this year will likely be no different. At SNEC 2020 we caught glimpses of some ultra-high output modules, some with outputs upwards of 800W, and while the industry may not have seen modules of that size and power in standard operation as yet, the 10 months since SNEC 2020 has been very much dictated by the release of 600W+ modules from the industry’s biggest names. We expect this year to be much of the same, with n-type modules also a common sight on the exhibition stands. We’ve seen much action in n-type product development (not least a smattering of new cell efficiency records announced in the past week), but our own head of market research Finlay Colville, author of the PV Manufacturing and Technology Quarterly Report, has written on how the technology will dominate R&D spending from 2024 onwards. You can read more here.

09:30 CST / 02:30 BST / 21:30 ET – Calls for polysilicon unity

The conference element of SNEC 2021 started yesterday of course, and the rather sizeable elephant in the room of polysilicon and other material price inflation was discussed. As reported by Bloomberg yesterday, some of the industry’s largest manufacturers called on the supply chain to improve cooperation to better balance supply and demand.

The average spot market price for polysilicon inched upward again this week, rising from RMB200/kg recorded last week to RMB206/kg. While the rate of increase slowed somewhat compared to previous weeks, that the price continues to rise is of real concern.

Discussions between supply chain players are likely to continue this week, so it will be interesting to monitor any announcements or movements in price in the weeks ahead.

09:00 CST / 02:00 BST / 21:00 ET – Welcome

Good morning (or indeed, good evening to our US-based readers at this time of day/night!), and welcome to our live coverage of SNEC PV Power Expo 2021. Our China-based editorial time is in place and already roaming the show floor, and we’ll be bringing you exclusive insight until the show floor closes this evening.

We have a busy day lined up. Today we’ll be speaking to representatives from the likes of JA Solar, Seraphim, Sungrow, Goodwe, Ginlong, Yingli and many more.

This story will be updated throughout the day, with new videos, pictures and stories filed directly from the show floor.

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