PV CellTech’s unique feature is having most of the CTOs and heads-of-R&D all speaking at a single event.

The event truly comes to life by having the major equipment and materials suppliers for cell manufacturing, many of whom have been pivotal to helping the industry succeed when introducing high-efficiency process flows or new advanced cell production lines.

Similarly, the agenda reveals the final part of the cell-roadmap jigsaw: the R&D institutes that successfully transfer technology and know-how from lab-to-fab, and remain an essential part of most company’s strategic relationships.

PV CellTech has truly become the technology event ‘of-the-industry’, where competitors meet and discuss for the benefit of everyone. This year is our fifth annual meeting, and as well as a stunning new venue, we’re looking forward to welcoming delegates to evening dinner and drinks late into the evening on the first day of the conference (dinner tickets optional).

Please reach out to us if you wish to participate in the 2020 conference. We hope you will join us in the CellTech journey as the PV industry moves from a 100GW to a 200GW-plus end-market, driven through grid-parity with record-breaking cell efficiencies with ever declining costs.

Speaker Highlights


Andy Chin

R&D Manager


Qi Wang

Chief Scientist


Guoqiang Xing



Hongbin Fang

Director of Technical Marketing


Finlay Colville

Head of Market Research

Networking Dinner

Join delegates and speakers from the 5th annual PV CellTech Conference for an evening of great food and great networking. 

Tickets are only available to conference attendees and can be purchased online alongside delegate passes.

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The Networking Dinner takes place on 10th March 2020

2020 Key Themes

A new sub-set of cell-production dominant producers in China has now emerged (including Tongwei, Aiko, Runergy, Lu’an, Sumin, Uniex and Solarspace) with as much as 80GW of effective cell capacity by the end of 2020, mostly based on 5-10GW cell fab designs implemented in the past few years. During 2020, about 30-40% of all c-Si modules supplied globally are likely to use cells produced by one of these Chinese companies listed above. The trend to 10-20GW scale cell makers in China is now one of the major shifts within cell manufacturing globally, and is likely to have strong implications in terms of best-in-class cost structures and technology roadmap implementation.

Vertically-integrated ingot-to-module and cell/module manufacturers have been adjusting in-house cell capacity levels and technologies over the past 12 months, with almost all of the companies above maintaining this realignment phase to the market during 2020. It is now being seen as critical for GW-based global PV module suppliers to have in-house cell production knowledge at the multi-GW level, and most of this assigned today for p-mono PERC operation. This session will hear from many of the leading cell/module producers/suppliers listed above, focusing on company-specific technology roadmaps and the importance to each of having strong in-house cell output capability. CTO from leading cell makers, such as JinkoSolar, JA Solar, Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS, Trina Solar and LONGi Solar will be speaking during this session.

Heterojunction is still widely regarded by many companies within the sector today as the natural successor to p-mono PERC, with strong investments seen across Asia and within China, not to mention the early movements from previous a-Si proponents Hevel and ENEL. New capacity continues to be ramped, with REC’s recent activities within the company’s Singapore facilities being seen as a differentiated-technology play. A number of Chinese p-type cell makers have also announced multi-GW expansion plans for heterojunction, including Tongwei and Risen Energy. PV CellTech 2020 will examine the status of these companies’ initial HJT growth phases, and which companies are close to matching Panasonic/Sanyo performance with 2020 cell cost demands for profitability, such as Gold Stone (GS Solar).

A new grouping of global GW-scale cell/module producers has emerged in the past few years, including a number of well-known suppliers (such as Risen Energy, GCL-SI, Astronergy, Talesun and Jetion) that are investing now in having advanced in-house cell production with multi-GW capability. This session will feature additional talks from CTOs of these and other key cell makers for 2020, including Jinergy and United Renewable Energy.

Research institutes remain fundamental in moving the industry to the next level after p-mono PERC. This session will include the major R&D institutes currently engaged with technology-transfer across leading and emerging cell powerhouses across Asia.
o Session will close with invited panel discussion on reality-checking the >25%-in-mass-production question, and how viable hybrid or tandem structures are in the next 3-5 years.

After four years of PV CellTech explaining commercial mass-production cell production trends for c-Si technologies, a one-off special will be included this year to answer the question: what is happening with thin-film investments in China across CIGS and CdTe? In recent years, Chinese conglomerate entities such as CNBM, Shanghai Electric and Hanergy have been touting GW-scale CIGS and CdTe new factory builds in China. What is happening? Who is producing what? Will the products ever leave mainland China in high-volume?

Outside mainland China, Southeast Asia remains the go-to region for new cell fabs in 2020. In addition to the global cell/module leaders that are firmly entrenched in Malaysia and Thailand, Vietnam is going through a new cycle of cell fab additions, following the lead from Vina and Boviet in recent years. What is driving this? Are the new fabs just more OEM tolling based options for Chinese module suppliers?

The advent of the 100GW cell manufacturing landscape has ushered in radical changes and improvements in cell lines and factories, especially in China. When the industry was multi-dominated, cell makers were prone to stay loyal to manual labour and keeping very old lines/equipment running. All this has changed in the past 2-3 years, with new equipment/materials and test/inspection/automation now key to growing cell production at the 10GW-plus level. This session will seek to explain what a state-of-the-art 5GW cell fab looks like today and where room for improvement still exists going forward. The role of Chinese, European, Japanese & Korean tool makers will be explored also.

Wafer supply is evolving at a rapid pace, sometimes driven by cell producers’ demands, but more often by the tactics and strategies of the suppliers. This panel session will discuss the significance of this, how much this helps/hinders common roadmap alignment. Topics will include n-type wafer availability, p-type supply for PERC, wafer dimensions/thickness & wafer ASP/cost outlooks.

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Getting Involved

Over 200 delegates from 150 companies and 20 countries representing the PV supply chain will gather in Malaysia to discuss the technology roadmaps for PV cell advancement in GW markets. To benefit early from 2020 event marketing, contact Lauren Cook now to enquire about 2020 sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

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