Renewable Energy India Expo (REI Expo) 2023 was held at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, from 4th October to 6th October 2023. This event marked the 16th edition of the expo, which boasted the participation of over 500 exhibitors from the Renewable Energy and allied sectors, and a footfall of over 31,000.
Various exhibitors spoke to CableCommunity.com about their newest offerings and visitor response at the event.
Adani Solar Stresses Complete Backward Integration in PV Module Manufacturing
Adani Solar, the PhotoVoltaic (PV) manufacturing arm of the Adani Group, stressed the need for complete backward integration in solar module manufacturing. Speaking to CableCommunity.com, Mr. Cecil Augustine, Head – Retail Business at Adani Solar said that Adani Solar’s PV modules are made from scratch at their Mundra facility.
Explaining this point, Mr. Augustine said, “We are the only player to have a completely made in India TOPCon Solar Module”. He added that the company will be launching its TOPCon module in the market in November 2023.
Speaking of the challenges that Solar PV manufacturers face, he said, “One of the biggest challenges we face is that the CapEx in solar PV manufacturing sector gets obsolete due to rapid evolution in technology”. He stated this with respect to the fact that most solar module manufacturers import cells for their production, which is more convenient and cost-effective for them on account of rapidly changing technology.
Waaree Introduces HJT Module at REI Expo 2023
Waaree Energies launched its 715 Wp Hetero Junction Technology (HJT)-based dual glass, bifacial PV module at REI Expo 2023. These HJT modules offer about 22.88% efficiency, which is higher than n-type TOPCon & p-type solar modules. HJT-based modules are currently not manufactured in India and are mostly imported from China and Canada. Waaree told CableCommunity.com that as of now, only Waaree has the capability of producing HJT modules amongst Indian solar PV module manufacturers, which will be introduced in the Indian market once necessary certifications are obtained.
Apart from this, the company showcased its n-type TOPCon solar modules at the expo. Cells for these modules are not being manufactured in India.
Waaree also showcased its customised solar modules for installation in farmlands, which have been named AgriPV by the company. These modules, which were introduced in 2023, allow light to pass through them partially, which makes them suitable for installation in fields with crop.
Speaking with CableCommunity.com, Mr. Varun Singh, General Manager – Operations at Waaree said that Waaree has 12 GW solar module manufacturing capacity in India. He also added that the company has set a target to expand its solar cell manufacturing capacity to 5.4 GW in India by March 2024. Further, the company will be expanding its solar module manufacturing capacity to 20 GW, and cell manufacturing capacity to 11.4 GW in the coming two years.
Jakson Group Showcases n-type Bifacial Solar Modules
Jakson Group showcased its bifacial solar modules at REI Expo 2023. The company displayed a prototype of Jakson’s n-type bifacial 590 Wp module, which is set to be produced in December 2023, and will be launched in the market by February 2024.
Gautam Solar Launches n-type TOPCon Solar Modules in 565-580 Wp Range in India
Gautam Solar launched its TOPCon n-type solar modules in India at REI Expo 2023. These modules have already been launched by the company in European and American markets. These modules, which will be offered in the 565-580 Wp generation range, have been designed for ground-mounted solar projects, and have an efficiency of about 22.45%.
Commenting the launch of these new modules, Mr. Gautam Moahnka, CEO of Gautam Solar said, “The focus on latest technology has been the cornerstone of Gautam Solar’s product offerings and our N-type TOPCon Solar Modules are the latest addition to that list”.
Goldi Solar Launches HELOC Plus Series Solar Modules
Goldi Solar launched its n-type TOPCon solar panels under the brand name HELOC (High-Efficiency Low on Carbon) Plus. Cells for these modules are imported, while these solar modules are made at Goldi Solar’s Navsari plant in Gujarat. Goldi Solar will minimise carbon emissions by using green energy in the production of HELOC Plus modules.
Speaking during the launch of HELOC Plus modules, Mr. Bharat Bhut, Co-founder and Director of Goldi Solar, said, “Representing a superior iteration of our existing HELOC Plus series, they achieve an impressive 22.70% efficiency level. This latest product aligns seamlessly with our strategic vision for growth in the renewable sector, addressing market demands effectively”.
Apart from modules, Goldi Solar showcased its single-phase and three-phase VAMA on-grid smart string inverters. These invertors can be connected via WiFi/GPRS, and offer remote monitoring in real-time.
Hitachi Hi-Rel Showcases Three-Phase String Inverters
Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics Pvt. Ltd. (HHPE) showcased its grid-tied three-phase string solar inverters. These inverters offer remote monitoring, adjustable reactive power & power factor for different grids, and remote firmware upgradation amongst other features.
About the company’s presence at the REI Expo 2023, Mr. Darshan A Shah, HHPE’s Managing Director, said that Hitachi Hi-Rel garnered a remarkable response from solar EPCs, developers, and stakeholders. “This expo has provided attendees a great opportunity to witness and understand our ground-breaking power conversion technology of Solar Inverters at our Booth”, he said.
n-type Solar Modules Gradually Replacing p-type Modules
One of the major trends that was evident at the REI Expo 2023 amongst solar panel developers was the eagerness to launch their n-type TOPCon solar modules in the Indian market. While speaking to CableCommunity.com, Waaree representatives at the expo stated that in the past 6 months, the demand for more efficient n-type modules has increased as compared to p-type solar modules on account of higher efficiency and lower degradation loss.