First ever Solar Cell Technology Conference in Malaysia
- Features international speakers from world’s top solar companies
80% of participants are from Europe, US, Australia, China, Taiwan, India and Southeast As
16 March 2016, Kuala Lumpur – The global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has seen massive growth during the past 5-10 years, and is now seeing annual installations exceeding the 50 Gigawatts (GW) level, and will reach 100 GW of annual deployment in the next few years.
This brand new industry conference focuses specifically on solar cell producers and their technology roadmaps. The two-day conference features headline presentations from leading global solar cell producers by senior technologists coming from prominent solar companies such as First Solar, DuPont, SCHMID, Hanwha, SERIS and Panasonic.
“I am delighted to note that this conference has attracted a strong participation from industry experts all over the world whereby almost 80% of the participants here today are from Europe, US, Australia, China, Taiwan, India and Southeast Asia. This engagement signifies MIDA’s continuous dedication and commitment towards enhancing the solar industry ecosystem, particularly in crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell manufacturing in the country. We are also proud that this not only demonstrates Malaysia’s capabilities in meeting the requirements of high value-added and advanced technology industries, but also reaffirms Malaysia’s position as the leader for new cell fabrications in the region,” said Datuk Phang Ah Tong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MIDA during his opening remarks, representing Dato’ Azman Mahmud, the Chief Executive Officer of MIDA.
“Malaysia is largely dependent on fossil fuels, predominantly coal and natural gas, for electricity generation. Coal and natural gas accounted for about 78% of country’s installed electric generation capacity and 88% of the electricity output. Nonetheless, electricity consumption in Malaysia is growing. Just last week, it was announced that electricity consumption reached an all-time high of 17,175MW. Realising the growing demand, Malaysia has been diversifying its electricity generation mix and shifting to alternate renewable energy sources such as solar. Of the current total installed capacity which stands at 22,220MW, 1% or 227.5MW is contributed by solar PV installations. We will be launching the Malaysian Solar PV Roadmap 2030 before the end of this year. This collective effort involving Malaysian key stakeholders from industry associations, government and academia specifies how Malaysia will move forward in transforming the solar PV industry,” said Datuk Phang.
“Malaysia is now the world’s 3rd largest manufacturer of PV cell and module, contributing significantly to its economic growth and job creations. Based on a study conducted by GTM Research in 2015, Malaysia was ranked 4th in terms of global PV manufacturing attractiveness index behind China, Singapore and Taiwan. Going forward, the Malaysian government has set a target of increasing the share of renewable energy in the country’s electricity generation to 11% under the 11th Malaysia Plan. By 2020, Malaysia expects to have installed more than 3,000 MW of new renewables of which about one-third (1,250 MW) will be from solar PV. This is also in line with our pledge at the COP15 (15th Conference of Parties) in Copenhagen to achieve a 40% voluntary reduction of CO2 emissions intensity by the year 2020,” added the Deputy CEO of MIDA.
According to Mr Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence of PV-Tech, “The choice to hold PVCellTech in Malaysia reflects the growing importance of Southeast Asia for solar cell manufacturing, and the need for leading solar cell producers to have volume manufacturing outside China and Taiwan. Malaysia has evolved in the past few years into one of the most important countries in Southeast Asia for new solar manufacturing facilities, and already boasts some of the most important companies that are active in the solar PV industry today.”
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