Longi, Trina, JA Solar Lead Global Module Suppliers in 2021

Highlights :

  • While Longi retains its no. 1 rank, Trina has switched places at No 2 with Jinko Solar, now at no. 4.
  • The study indicates the challenge before smaller module makers, in an industry that is increasingly consolidated, with the top 10 accounting for a 90% share globally.
Longi, Trina, JA Solar Lead Global Module Suppliers in 2021

An analysis by PV InfoLink, a Taiwan based global photovoltaic analysis agency, the global module shipment ranking for 2021 is out. Topline results indicate that Canadian Solar(5), Q Cells (9) and First Solar(7) are the only non-Chinese firms in the top 10.

The latest ranking is based on PV InfoLink’s supply and demand database. In terms of module size, PV InfoLink estimates that the shipments of large modules by the top 10 manufacturers (excluding First Solar) are about 160GW or more, accounting for about 90% among total shipments by the top 10 in 2021, in which shipments in the second half of the year were double those of the first half of the year. Large modules have become by far the most popular. The agency claims that the gap between Longi and second placed Trina was over 10 GW.

The global PV industry grew by leaps and bounds last year, PV-Tech said, with both overall capacity and shipments exceeding 190GW. The numbers were consistent with a forecast for 2021 that PV-Tech made at the end of 2020. The shipments section of the rankings forecast was based mainly on the continuous tracking for each module maker’s annual production capacity and shipments. Ranking of module suppliers’ shipments in 2021:

According to publicly available data, no. 2 player Trina Solar’s total planned module capacity last year reached 50GW, of which 210mm silicon wafer-based modules accounted for more than 70%. Trina Solar shipped more than 16GW of 210mm modules, ranking first among all makers of large modules. Cumulative shipments of 210mm modules worldwide exceeded 25GW.

Ultra high-power modules have been deployed in solar projects worldwide, including in many GW- and 100 MW-grade projects. At the same time, there is growing demand in the global PV market for 210mm modules, and this is expected to drive further increases in the capacity and shipments of the high-power modules.

Large modules began to predominate in 2021, with 210mm modules firmly taking the lead. According to the latest report from the market intelligence provider TrendForce, the capacity of large-size modules is expected to reach 349.9GW this year, commanding a combined market share of 74.6%. The capacity of 210mm modules alone is expected to reach 206.8GW, accounting for 44.1%.

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