List of photovoltaics companies
This is a list of notable photovoltaics (PV) companies.
Grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) is the fastest growing energy technology in the world, with 50% annual increases in cumulative installed capacity in 2006 and 2007, to an estimated 7.7 GW. This translates into 1.5 million homes with rooftop photovoltaics feeding into the electricity grid worldwide. During 2007, investment in new solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities was strong in Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan and the United States, with many new operations reported. Since October 2009, the Canadian province of Ontario has had vast success with the implementation of their feed-in tariff incentive for grid-connected solar systems. Ontario is currently leading the way in North America with this comprehensive renewable energy incentive.
|Company||Country||Technology||Capacity (MW)||Production (MW)|
|BP Solar||Spain||Laser buried grid||-||80||-||-||12||15||40||-|
|Australia||MC Screen print||-||52||-||-||33||35||40||-|
|Greenshine New Energy||USA||-||-||43||-||-||25||27||30||-|
|Canadian Solar||Canada||Crystalline silicon||0||100||270||420||0||40||102.8||200|
|Evergreen Solar||USA||String ribbon||-||17||58.5||145||13||16||26.5||103.4|
|Free Solar Canada||Canada||-|
|JA Solar Holdings||China||Crystalline silicon||-||225||750||800||30||132||300||520|
|JUST Solar Co.,Ltd.||China||-||0||120||156||205||0||83||156||194|
|Neo Solar Power||Taiwan||Crystalline silicon||-||60||210||240||4||36||135||201|
|Ningbo Solar Electric||China||-||-||100||250-270||350||-||100||175||260|
|Renewable Energy Corporation||Norway||-||-||-||-||150||-||-||80||115|
|SolarPark Korea||South Korea||Crystalline silicon||-||-||-||170||-||-||-||90|
|Trina Solar||China||Crystalline silicon||-||110||350||600||-||29||210||399|
|United Solar Ovonic||USA||Thin Film Flexible amorphous silicon||-||118||178||150||28||48||112.6||123.4|
|Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd||India||Monocrystalline & Polycrystalline||-||-||-||-||120||200||350||500|
|Tamesol||Spain||Monocrystalline & Polycrystalline||-||120||220||340||35||60||80||120|
|Sova Solar Limited||India||Polycrystaline & Monocrystaline||12.5||25||50||100||7||15||25||45|
According to EnergyTrend, the 2011 global top ten polysilicon, solar cell and solar module manufacturers by capacity are found in countries including People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Germany, Japan, and Korea.
In 2011, the global top ten polysilicon makers by capacity are as follows, GCL, Hemlock, OCI, Wacker, LDK, REC, MEMC/SunEdison, Tokuyama, LCY and Woongjin, represented by People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and South Korea.
Top 10 solar module producers
| Solar module|
|5||Hanwha Q CELLS||3.2||3.3||4.5-4.7||South Korea|
|8||SFCE (Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited)||–||2.28||–||China|
| Sources: tenth place depending on source. Total world 2015 shipment was 50.8 GW.
* March 2016 source.
In 2015, GCL System Integration Technology Company made an increase of 500%, topping 2.5-2.7 GW, which puts it at seventh rank, overtaking Yingli Green, comparing to 0,5 GW in 2014. His solar PV module production appears to have reached a 3.7 GW capacity at the end of 2015.
Solar modules, as the final products to be installed to generate electricity, are regarded as the major components to be selected by customers willing to choose solar PV energy. Solar module manufacturers must be sure that their products can be sustainable for application periods of more than 25 years. As a result, major solar module producers have their products be proved by publicly recognized testing organizations and guarantee their durable efficiency rate for a certain period of years. The solar PV market has been growing for the past few years. According to solar PV research company PVinsights, worldwide shipment of solar modules in 2011 was around 25 GW, and the shipment year over year growth was around 40%. The top 5 solar module producers in 2011 in turns are Suntech, First Solar, Yingli, Trina, and Canadian. The top 5 solar module companies possessed 51.3% market share of solar modules, according to PVinsights' market intelligence report.
| Solar module|
|8||2.7%||Hanwha Solarone||7||South Korea|
Top 10 solar cell producers
According to an annual market survey by the photovoltaics trade publication Photon International, global production of photovoltaic cells and modules in 2009 was 12.3 GW. The top ten manufacturers accounted for 45% of this total. In 2010, a tremendous growth of solar PV cell shipments doubled the solar PV cell market size. According to the solar PV market research company PVinsights, Suntech topped the ranking of solar cell production. Most of the top ten solar PV producers doubled their shipment in 2010 and five of them were over one gigawatt shipments.The top ten solar cell producers dominated the market with an even higher market share, say 50~60%, with respect to an assumed twenty gigawatt cell shipments in 2010.
| Solar cell|
2009 in MW
2010 in MW
|Sources: PhotonMagazine and PVinsights. Note: 2009 shipments of Motech and Canadian Solar are by PVinsights.|
Although yearly ranking is as listed above, quarterly ranking can indicate that which company can sustain particular conditions such as sever price adjustment, government feed-in tariff change, and weather conditions. In 2Q11, First Solar regained championship of solar module shipment from Suntech. From the 2Q11 results, four phenomena should be noticed. (1) Thin film leader First Solar still dominates (2) More centralized in solar module market. (3) Chinese companies soared. (4) Giga-watt game is prevailing. (according to Latest Solar Model Shipment report by PVinsigts)
Thin film ranking
Thin film solar cells are commercially used in several technologies, including cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), and amorphous and other thin-film silicon (a-Si, TF-Si). In 2013, thin-film declined to 9% of worldwide PV production.
In 2009, thin films represented 16.8% of total global production, up from 12.5% in 2008. The top ten thin-film producers were:
- 1100.0 MW First Solar
- 123.4 MW Suntech solar
- 94.0 MW Sharp
- 60.0 MW HELIOSPHERA
- 50.0 MW Sungen Solar
- 50.0 MW Trony
- 50.0 MW Moser Baer
- 43.0 MW Solar Frontier
- 42.0 MW Mitsubishi
- 40.0 MW Kaneka Corporation
- 40.0 MW Vtech Solar
- 30.0 MW Würth Solar
- 30.0 MW Bosch (formerly Ersol)
- 30.0 MW EPV
2011 global top ten polysilicon manufacturers by capacity
|Sourced from EnergyTrend|
On the other hand, the 2011 global top ten solar cell makers by capacity are dominated by both Chinese and Taiwanese companies, including Suntech, JA Solar, Trina, Yingli, Motech, Gintech, Canadian Solar, NeoSolarPower, Hanwha Solar One and JinkoSolar.
2011 global top ten solar cell manufacturers by capacity
|Neo Solar Power||1,300||Taiwan|
|Hanwha Solar One||1,100||Korea|
|Sourced from EnergyTrend|
In terms of solar module by capacity, the 2011 global top ten are Suntech, LDK, Canadian Solar, Trina, Yingli, Hanwha Solar One, Solar World, Jinko Solar, Sunneeg and Sunpower, represented by makers in People's Republic of China and Germany.
2011 global top ten solar module manufacturers by capacity
|Sourced from EnergyTrend|
In terms of wafer and cell capacities, both makers from Taiwan and China have demonstrated significant year over year growth from 2010 to 2011.
China and Taiwan production capacity
|China (MV)||Taiwan (MV)|
|2010 wafer capacity||15,300||2,640|
|2011 wafer capacity||26,000||5,020|
|year over year growth||70%||90%|
|2010 cell capacity||11,200||5,415|
|2011 cell capacity||24,000||10,045|
|year over year growth||114%||86%|
|Sourced from EnergyTrend|
Solar photovoltaic production by country
China now manufactures more than half of the world’s solar photovoltaics. China’s production has been rapidly escalating. In 2001 it had less than 1% of the world market. By contrast, in 2001 Japan and the United States combined had over 70% of world production. By 2011 they produced around 15%.
- Anwell Solar, Hong Kong, China
- Ascent Solar, Tucson, Arizona, US
- DayStar Technologies, Inc., Santa Clara, California, US
- Dyesol,Canberra, Australia
- Eurosolar, Germany
- Global Solar, Tucson, Arizona, US
- GreenLeaf Solar, New York, US
- GreenSun Energy, Jerusalem, Israel
- HelioVolt, Austin, Texas, US
- IBC SOLAR, Germany
- International Solar Electric Technology, Chatsworth, California, US
- Isofotón, Malaga, Spain
- Konarka Technologies, Inc., Lowell, Massachusetts, US
- LDK Solar, Xinyu, China
- Miasolé, California, US
- Mission Solar Energy, Texas, US
- Mitsubishi Electric, Tokyo, Japan
- Nanosolar, San José, California, US
- Odersun, Frankfurt Oder, Germany
- PowerFilm, Inc., Ames, Iowa, US
- Renewable Energy Corporation, Norway
- Schott Solar, Germany
- Signet Solar, California, US
- Skyline Solar, Mountain View, California, US
- SolarEdge, Grass Valley, California, US
- SolarPark Korea, Wanju, South Korea
- SolarWorld, Bonn, Germany
- Solimpeks, Munich, Germany
- SoloPower, San José, California, US
- Spectrolab, Inc., Sylmar, California, US
- Sulfurcell, company has changed name to Soltecture in 2011, Germany
- Suniva, Norcross, Georgia, US
- Sun Power Corporation, San Jose, California, US
- Targray Technology International, Kirkland, Quebec, Canada
- Tenksolar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
- Topray Solar, China
- Unirac, Albuquerque, New Mexico, US
- Wagner & Co., Germany
- Wirsol, Waghäusel, Germany
- Applied Materials, a solar cell capital equipment producer
- Dye-sensitized solar cell
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- Plant closed in 2009
- Estimated production/capacity
- Filed for bankruptcy on Aug 15, 2011, Evergreen Solar Seeks Bankruptcy
- Production greater than capacity due to closing of some production lines in mid-year
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