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India polycrystalline PV tech highlights solar R&D shortfalls

January 07, 2021

PV Magazine:

As PV superpower China shifts ever more output towards higher-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar products, around 87% of India’s fabs were still geared towards polycrystalline products in 2019, according to a report on the challenges facing Indian manufacturers.

The Viability Assessment of New Domestic Solar Module Manufacturing Units report, published by Haryana-based sustainable industry consultant JMK Research and U.S. research body the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), has fleshed out how much Indian solar manufacturers trail their Chinese counterparts.

The authors of the study urged the Indian government to widen its domestic manufacturing policy beyond solar cells and modules and to establish supply chain manufacturing of silicon ingots, wafers and cells. With state authorities told to do more to allocate land and speed up factory permitting, the study also emphasized the need for the federal government to drive the same level of solar R&D efforts as have been seen in China. 

[Max Hall]

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