Hevel Group launches HJT-based BIPV module production expecting double-growth of BIPV market in Europe
PV module’s nominal power is 395W, standard module measure 2004 х 1048 х 46 mm and can be customized in color and structure following the contemporary architecture trends. The device has an open-circuit voltage of 53.18 V and a short-circuit current of 9.21 А.
BIPV can be installed up to 150m above the surface, minimum service life is 30 years, operating temperature ranges from -40 to +85 C°. The modules come with a 30-year PV module performance warranty and 50years BIPV solution warranty.
The price of 1m2 of Hevel BIPV is comparable to middle-range hinged ventilated facades however PV-generation capacity allows to return the investment in several years by saving on electricity costs. Hevel BIPV modules have passed comprehensive testing in seven national independent accredited laboratories. The results of every test were positive, allowing BIPV to be used in any type of building. Utilizing BIPV in construction allows not only to significantly decrease electricity costs but also to certify the building under international LEED, BREEM, GREEN ZOOM standards.
Hevel views BIPV as a potentially fast-growing market to the first extent in densely populated cities where areas for ground-mounted installations are limited and roofs of high-rise buildings are occupied by air condition and ventilation systems. This means that facade surfaces become increasingly relevant to the height of a building: exploitation of all buildings’ outer surfaces is necessary also for optimizing land use.
With new “nearly zero energy buildings” regulations coming into force at EU level, the European market can achieve two-digits grow numbers and 500 million euro capacity. Hevel will continue to target the countries where its modules and cells are already being shipped. The company’s top export markets by shipment value are Poland, Austria, India, Germany, Japan.
Buildings alone are responsible for 36% of global final energy consumption and nearly 40% of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions. Hevel Group, the European leading manufacturer of HJT cells and modules, sees Building-integrated PV as one of the most promising niches for HJT technology in the European and international market since façade-PV solutions fully meet the European building sector obligation to reduce GHG emissions by 90% by 2050.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, and Fortum, a leading Nordic energy company are investing in a joint project to build a solar power plant with a capacity of 116 MW located in Kalmykia region, in the south of Russia. The power station will become the largest solar energy facility in Russia.
Hevel Group will supply solar modules to the project. The regional plan for development of renewable energy sees to cut the power generation shortage by 2022.
The first stage of the project with a capacity of 78 MW is set to start in the fourth quarter of this year. Once completed the PV power plant will supply electricity to the wholesale market. The second stage of the solar project ramping-up to 116 MW is scheduled for 3-4Q of 2022.
Heterojunction solar cell and module manufacturer Hevel Group produced 841,000 of solar modules in 2020. Along with PV modules the company also shipped its customers in Poland, Austria, India, Germany and Japan HJT solar cells and strings of cells. A 13.3% increase in shipments is expected this year after having expanded production capacity to 340MW since July 2020. As a result, Hevel remains the largest volume producer of high-efficiency heterojunction cells and modules in Europe.
The company achieved average efficiency of cells at 23.16% with a peak conversion exceeding 23.6%. Due to the cell-efficiency improvements and technology optimization average module power output reached 322W for 60-cell monofacial HJT modules and 382W at STC for 72-cell bifacial modules, not considering the bifaciality factor.
Hevel maintains production of bifacial solar modules facing a rising demand coming from BIPV, VIPV and other segments. At its domestic market the company expects growth in C&I and residential sales while the price competitiveness of solar power generation increases compared to conventional one.
In 2020 Hevel achieved carbon-neutral target at its manufacturing facility by purchase 100% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources as part of the program for sustainable business development implementation. Such a transition is a guarantee of production processes that comply with international environmental standards, including those for exported products.
Heterojunction solar cell and module manufacturer Hevel Group controlled by Ream Management won 40 MW of solar projects in renewables auction held recently in Kazakhstan. Two solar power plants are to come online in 2022.
The lowest bid secured new contracts increasing company’s portfolio in Kazakhstan to 288 MW of solar PV. Hevel’s operational solar energy portfolio in the country consists of 8 facilities with a total capacity of more than 248 MW.
The company’s largest PV project Nura began commercial operation in May this year. All solar power plants located mostly in southern regions of Kazakhstan are equipped with tracking systems designed to increase energy output generated by Hevel’s heterojunction solar modules.
The company sees to expand its presence in Kazakhstan both by participating in auctions and seeking for projects to be acquired from other companies.