JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has commenced mass production of metal wrap-through (“MWT”) solar cells. The Company’s MWT monocrystalline and multicrystalline cells have an average conversion efficiency of 19.6% and 18.1%, respectively, and a peak conversion efficiency of 20.0% and 18.6%, respectively.
By moving the emitter contact from the front to the rear of the cell via laser-drilling and plug paste printing, MWT technology reduces the metallized area on the front side, increasing overall conversion efficiency. When assembled into modules, MWT cells require no welding and are therefore subject to lower power loss and a lower cell-breakage rate.
“MWT is at the core of the next generation of module technology, and represents a significant breakthrough in terms of power output and conversion efficiency,” said Mr. Yong Liu, CTO of JA Solar. “Mass production of MWT cells marks a significant milestone in JA Solar’s ongoing technological leadership in the global solar industry.”
The company has also delivered its soalr modules to Israel and North Africa.
JA Solar delivered 2 MW of solar modules to Jet Energy International for a solar power plant located in Kenitra, Morocco. Expected to be the largest ground mount photovoltaic power plant in North Africa when completed in first quarter of 2013, the 2 MW project will be equipped with 7,150 pieces of JA polycrystalline modules and is estimated to generate more than 3.5 million kWh of electricity per year. Electricity generated by the power plant will on average offset more than 2100 metric tons of carbon dioxide emission annually. Jet Energy a Moroccan based company affiliate of JetAlu Morocco, is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) service provider of the project.
“The power plant is designed to generate power at a levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) similar to that of other traditional forms of energy sources at around 0.8 Dirham per kWh, establishing a new benchmark in the region,” said Mr. Adil Rtibi, CEO of Jet Energy. “We are glad to have chosen JA Solar as our partner for the project. Their top-notch products and exceptional customer service are the key success factors to the project.”
“We are very proud to be part of this flagship project in Morocco” said Mr. Baofang Jin, CEO of JA Solar. “This project with Jet Energy not only signifies an important step for us in the North African market, but also serves as another example of JA Solar’s continued success in expanding into emerging markets around the world. We will continue to increase our footprint by focusing on providing our customers with high quality product offerings and great customer service,” noted Mr. Jin.
The company also shipped 35MW of solar PV modules to Siemens for five solar projects in Israel, of which three are located in the Arava Desert and two are in the Negev Desert. Arava Power Company is the owner of the projects and Siemens is the engineering, procurement and construction(EPC) service provider.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will supply Siemens with a total of 122,936 high-efficiency polycrystalline PV modules, each with an average output of 290 Wp. Delivery of the modules commenced in January and is expected to be completed by May of this year.
“The abundance of solar energy in the Arava and Negev deserts makes PV modules the ideal solution to fulfill local electricity needs, and JA Solar’s durable, high-performance modules are well suited to such a demanding environment,” said Mr. Baofang Jin, CEO of JA Solar. “This deal marks an important milestone for JA Solar in Israel, which has a strong tradition of seeking alternative energy sources. We will continue to expand our footprint in the Middle East by offering more customers the high-quality, cost-effective products they need to utilize the rich solar resources in the region.”
Mr. Jin added, “We are delighted to be working with such a globally renowned solar systems player as Siemens, and we hope this latest cooperation will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship.”