LONGi and UNSW reinforce research commitment
Last week was significant for LONGi Solar and UNSW as the duo renewed their strategic PV research cooperation by ceremoniously signing the renewal contract. The spirit of goodwill at the signing event showcased Sino/Australian cooperation for mutual benefit, with the wider solar sector gaining through greater efficiency and higher yield PV products that have made rooftop PV more affordable for all.
The LONGi Solar and UNSW partnership dates back to 2015 when LONGi and UNSW reached a strategic agreement on technology R&D and industrialisation of efficient cell technology, efficient module technology and low LID technology, maximisation of energy conversion efficiency and close cooperation in personnel training.
In August 2017, the strategic partnership was renewed to further strengthen LONGi Solar’s technology leadership in the photovoltaic industry.
Speaking at the October 2018 media event Tang Xuhui said “The cooperation is of great significance to both sides, and will also promote the in-depth exchange of PV technologies between Australia and China.
“The PV industry is driven by technology. LONGi has always attached great importance to scientific research. Through close cooperation with UNSW, we have made great strides in innovations that contributes high efficiency technology solutions to the industry, brings high yield PV products to end users and accelerates the progress of PV grid parity.”
Warwick Dawson, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Division of Enterprise UNSW explained that the cooperation with LONGi during the past few years had achieved remarkable results, saying “We are honored to witness the determination for globalisation and passion for technology of LONGi as a global leading solar technology company.
“UNSW will continue to exchange advanced lab technologies with enterprises to accelerate the application of technologies to production lines.”
A recent result of the partnership is light-induced regeneration (LIR) technology - a monocrystalline low LID solution - which was jointly released, by LONGi and UNSW in Shanghai in April last year. The technology completely eradicated the initial LID phenomenon and leads to higher capacity and lowers LCOE of monocrystalline module systems.
LONGi Solar has actively participated in Australia’s PV market with high-efficiency monocrystalline products since October 2016, and established strong relationships in large-scale power stakeholders, EPCs and local distributors.
From January to August 2018, LONGi exported more than 100MW of modules to Australia and has secured over 200MW of orders with EPCs and investors.
China customs data show that monocrystalline modules exported to Australia accounted for 24% in 2017, and the proportion increased to 37% in the first half of 2018. Efficient monocrystalline PERC products with higher efficiency and lower LCOE will have a greater market share over the coming years.
LONGi is opening a full service office in Sydney by the end of 2018, to provide after sales service, sales and logistics support for Long’s growing customer base in Australia. The company plans to export more than 50% of its module products to overseas markets by 2020, and Australia is an important destination.