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Global PV markets should double during the next five years, reaching between 180 and 200 GW from 2022 in a more diversified market.

Although a significant level of uncertainty prevails, the current transition period in China will not produce significant effects after 2020 and the PV market will continue its solid growth.

The market will continue to diversify, with distributed applications growing in share, while new market segments will start to contribute significantly: floating PV, agricultural PV, but also BIPV and VIPV (PV for vehicles) will complement the existing ground-mounted and BAPV plants. Off-grid will remain marginal in volume while large-scale off-grid will grow, especially in Africa. New applications could represent up to 25% of the global PV market from 2022.

Mondragon Assembly provides a comprehensive service to its customers, from technical advice to the choice of raw materials and certification of modules.

The Mondragon Assembly turnkey lines meet the production needs of each customer, providing solutions aimed at small and large producers and combining different levels of automation.

The flexibility of our lines allow us to manufacture lithium-ion modules of different technologies and sizes. The lines are equipped with the most innovative technology, allowing us to reach a final product of excellent quality.

The global market for battery materials could grow 9% annually in the next four years.

Analysts point to the increasing installation of storage systems with PV as a key driver. Mondragon Assembly Newsletter has covered previous reports predicting significant growth in PV and storage systems.

The global battery materials market is expected to grow 9% annually until 2022, primarily due to a rise in PV installation, a new report says. Analysts from research and consulting company Technavio have published a report suggesting the global rise in solar projects is having a significant impact on the supply chain of battery components.

The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.

Overall, Henbest forecasts $548 billion will be invested in the battery market by 2050, of which two-thirds will be at the grid level and the rest behind the meter, by households and businesses. Mr. Goldie-Scott adds total annual investment in stationary energy storage in 2017 was around $2 billion.

The arrival of cheap battery storage will mean it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

According to the report, the Asia-Pacific region made up 65% of the market last year and will continue to top the standings for the next four years. Solar PV systems are increasingly being coupled with battery storage for improved grid integration and self-consumption, says the report. According to IHS Markit, 2018 could see record PV installations of 105 GW worldwide, a figure 11% higher than that seen in 2017.

Bloomberg NEF released a report this year which underlined the importance of storage for the renewable energy market. Since 2010, it calculates prices for lithium-ion storage have fallen 80% per MWh. Due to accelerating electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing in the 2020s, prices are expected to decline further.

Expanding on that point, Logan Goldie-Scott, Head of Energy Storage at BloombergNEF tells: “We expect battery pack prices to fall to $96/kWh by 2025, and $70/kWh by 2030. For battery cell manufacturing for EVs, we expect the leading countries based on today’s plant pipeline to be China, the U.S., Korea, and Japan. We expect further capacity in Europe to be announced over the coming years as well. Much of the activity in Europe has so far been in Eastern Europe.”

The MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY plant in Orange, France, has successfully completed the expansion and modernisation of its facilities. Over the last years, the sales figure has grown remarkably, as well as the complexity of the manufactured lines and number of sectors to which Mondragon Assembly supplies equipment.

The expansion has meant an increase of almost 400 square meters. Additionally, a cleanroom has been built, allowing the manufacture of sensitive lines that are aimed, above all, to the solar, aerospace and medical sectors. In addition, the laboratory has been extended and equipped with highly advanced instruments.

The technical means have been completely modernised, being equipped with more electricity and a new pneumatic energy network with advanced consumption control to respect the environment and contribute to ecological production. Similarly, all commercial, engineering and service offices have been renewed. The opening was held a few weeks ago and had the participation of company staff and a few suppliers.

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY FRANCE is the country’s leading company in the supply of automatic assembly lines for the automotive and electrical components sectors. It includes a powerful R&D team that is very active in the aerospace, solar, electronic and pharmaceutical sectors.

Mondragon Assembly will be opening on 21 September the recent expansion of its facilities in Aretxabaleta, Spain, and will receive the acknowledgment from the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (Aenor) for its certification in the “SR10” and “UNE-19601” standards.

In recent years, Mondragon Assembly has experienced a growth in its market and, to be able to respond to its projects, has expanded its manufacturing facilities in Aretxabaleta by 800 square metres.

These modern facilities will allow the Automation and Solar businesses to continue growing, ensuring, up to now, manufacturing with the most modern technology and the highest quality to meet the high levels of demand of their customers.

This is a new milestone in the consolidation of Mondragon Assembly as a global leader in the manufacturing of machinery and automated lines.

“SR10” and “UNE-19601” certifications

In addition, at this opening ceremony, Aenor, through its General Manager, Luz Emparanza, will be delivering to Mondragon Assembly the social responsibility certifications according to the “SR10” standard and criminal compliance according to the “UNE-19601” standard. Thus, Mondragon Assembly becomes the first company in Gipuzkoa to obtain the criminal compliance certification. These standards guarantee the integration in the management of the organisation of ethical, social and labour values ​​and respect for human and environmental rights.

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand is forecast to hit another annual record of 113 gigawatts in 2018, propelled by strong demand anticipated in China. According to business information provider IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), burgeoning demand from the Chinese market is expected to persevere on the back of continuing policy support, a successful transition from a market that had been dominated by large ground-mount projects and strong momentum in the distributed-PV (DPV) sector. In particular, the fourth quarter of 2018 — with 34 gigawatts of new PV installations — will be the largest quarter in history.

According to the latest edition of the new PV Installations Tracker, global solar installations will grow by 19 percent in 2018, similar to the 20 percent year-over-year growth in 2017. At this rate of installation, module availability will once again be the limiting factor, and prices may limit investment returns on solar projects already under contract to sell electricity at low prices. Stable module prices are expected throughout the year, which is a direct result of continued high demand.

Demand is not only picking up in China, but also in India, where developers want to secure modules before any additional tariffs are introduced. The United States continues to import modules, despite the latest import tariffs. In emerging markets, countries like Egypt, Brazil and Mexico have large PV projects requiring modules in 2018. Several projects that were postponed in 2017, due to high module prices, will need to be installed this year.

China, dominating global PV demand

Demand in China will once again shape the global PV market.

Strong demand from all Regions and Chinese market expected to persevere, at same time.

China will once again dominate global PV demand, reaching 53 gigawatts with an upside potential of 60 gigawatts in 2018, and comprising almost half (47 percent) of the total market.

This year China will have feed-in tariff deadlines in the second and fourth quarters, which will create two sharp installation peaks.

Outside of China, India is forecast to overtake the United States as the second largest PV market. Even if project profitability remains highly sensitive to module pricing, the fear of possible future import tariffs is likely to drive developers to complete installations in 2018.

Emerging solar markets Mexico and Egypt will make up 1.8 percent and 1.3 percent of the solar market, respectively, replacing South Korea and the United Kingdom in the ranking of the 10 largest PV markets, in terms of annual PV installations.

Delegations in China, Mexico and Brazil

See full list of Delegations by country/region

China | Asia

Kunshan Industrial Park, Wetside Huangpujiang Rd
Qiandeng 215341 Kunshan, Jiangsu
People’s Republic of China
+86 051 257473586
Mondragon Assembly China

Mexico | Central America:

Carretera Estatal 431 Km. 2+200, Lote 45
Parque Tecnológico Innovación Querétaro
C.P.76246 · MPIO. DEL MARQUÉS (Querétaro) MEXICO
(+52) 442 192 42 00
Mondragon Assembly Mexico

Brazil | South America:

Rodovia Anhanguera Km. 129 no. 5091,
Bloco C – Bairro Salto Grande – Americana · S.P. · BRASIL
(55) 19 3469.4903
Mondragon Assembly do Brasil

Asian suppliers like Vietnamese and Thai , will fill the gap left in the Indian market by Chinese exporters, which will again concentrate on the EU market.

SolarPower Europe, meanwhile, has previously referred to studies indicating demand could increase by up to 30%, creating around 45,000 jobs if the measures were removed.

Having lost its PV footing in recent years, the European solar industry has once again gained traction, with news of unsubsidized solar projects in Spain, Italy, France, the U.K. and Portugal, helping to reignite these flagging markets.

Manufacturing activities are also heating up. Indeed, last month, fab plans were announced in both Ukraine and Hungary.

Under this scenario, competition would be intensified, it said, thus driving down module prices, and potentially stimulating growth of non-subsidy PV projects. “Taiwanese and Malaysian suppliers,” meanwhile, “will face competition from Chinese counterparts in Europe and from third-party suppliers in India.”

Advanced Energy Storage Systems Market size is experiencing a growth process higher than ever expected.

Increasing power consumption, driven by residential, commercial and infrastructure needs accompanied by favourable regulatory compliances to use electric vehicles are key factors stimulating global advanced energy storage systems market size growth.

Energy management in order to meet utility scale sized project grid demands are expected driving factors for fuel demand. These systems tend to manage energy resources flow effectively, hence reducing power plants set up which is ideal for remote locations.

Asia pacific is forecast to witness highest gains at 15.8% CAGR up to 2022. Rising industrialization accompanied by enhanced consumer lifestyle in India and China are major reasons foster regional growth (China reaches 22% increase on first quarter 2018 | China. One of the major advocates of global clean-energy expansion.)

Mondragon Assembly Achieves the certifications SR10 (Social Responsibility) and UNE-19.601 (Criminal Compilance) after the corresponding audits carried out by AENOR to its management system in this two areas.

Since the beginning of its activity in 1977, Mondragon Assembly has contributed to the sustainable development and well-being of its surroundings. The certification of its social responsibility management system, according to the SR10 standard, ensures the integration in the management of the organisation of ethical, social, labour values ​​and respect for human and environmental rights.

Additionally, as a company operating globally, it is subject to compliance with the rules and laws of the different countries in which it operates, with production plants and commercial offices, or in which it implements projects for its clients. In order to provide a safe and efficient response to this requirement, it has developed and certified a compliance system, according to the UNE-19601 standard, with the aim of preventing crime within it and reducing crime risks as much as possible.

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Mondragon Assembly announces that it has entered into a Preferred Partnership Agreement (PPA) with Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, a leading global technology company specialising on innovative systems and processes based on semiconductor technologies. The company’s focus is on photovoltaics (solar industry) while its competencies and technologies also cover important areas of the semiconductor and the optoelectronic industries as well as other selected high-end markets based on semiconductor materials. Both Meyer Burger and Mondragon view this as an important strategic milestone which further strengthens two global technology leaders in the PV module market.

With its expertise in integration and contract manufacturing, Mondragon is ideally positioned as outsourcing partner for the production of equipment for Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection Technology. The preferred partnership agreement enables Meyer Burger to benefit from Mondragon’s international manufacturing network and established supply chain. For Mondragon, it is an opportunity to produce manufacturing equipment for the most cost effective cell connection technology on the market today both for mono- and multi-crystalline solar cells. According to the agreement, Mondragon plans to start production of SWCT™ equipment for Meyer Burger at the latest by end of the fourth quarter 2018. Meyer Burger will discontinue its own manufacturing of SWCT™ equipment at its production site in Thun, Switzerland by the end of 2018, but will continue to drive Research & Development as well as marketing and sales of the SWCT™ technology going forward. Patents, marketing and all sales activities regarding SWCT™ will continue to be managed by Meyer Burger.

Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co, (AECEA), which issued a statement on the NEA released figures at a NEA press conference on April 24, had previously forecasted around 7.5GW of installations in China in the first quarter of 2018.

China installed a total of 9.65GW of solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2018, a 22% increase over the prior year period, according to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA).

The official breakdown of installations included 7.68GW of distributed solar capacity, which increased by 217%, compared to the prior year period. In contrast, utility-scale installed capacity declined 64% to only 1.95GW in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the prior year period.

Photovoltaic industry establishes itself as one of the foundations of the future energy.

Engineering solutions such as offered by Mondragon Assembly are the materialization of a promising future for humanity and our environment.

These indicators clearly reflect what we have been announcing for months: The photovoltaic industry establishes itself as one of the foundations of the future energy.

AECEA said that despite the increase in Q1 2018 installations it still expects full-year total installations in China to reach in the range of 40GW to 45GW, down from NEA figures of 53.5GW in 2017.

AECEA also noted that further improvements had been made on grid curtailment issues, notably in the autonomous region of Xinjiang and province of Gansu, where the curtailment levels had been above 20% throughout 2017.

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