Taipei, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 16:48 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
34°C
PV inverter market overview
Sophia Chen, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 31 March 2011]
Registration required (free) to purchase. Please sign in if you wish to continue.
Tight PV inverter demand in 2010 led to the segment becoming a bottleneck for PV system installation and grid connections. As a result, PV inverter manufacturers have actively expanded production capacity to address this situation, and capacity is estimated to have boomed to 40GW at the end of 2010. The market has attracted investment from numerous Taiwan- and China-based firms and competition and strategy will determine who can successfully grab share in a market forecast to hit 24.5GWp in shipments in 2011.
Abstract
PV inverter shipments, 1Q09-4Q11 (GWp)

With the solar PV market exhibiting strong growth in installations starting in the third quarter 2009, demand for PV inverters gradually began to outstrip supply. Demand remained tight throughout 2010, exacerbating the problem of inadequate supply, and the resulting shortfall in PV inverters became a bottleneck for system installation and grid connections. As a result, PV inverter manufacturers have actively expanded production capacity to address this situation, and capacity is estimated to have hit 40GW at the end of 2010.

The PV inverter market was originally dominated by Europe- and North America-based manufacturers, with Taiwan- and China-based firms shipping only small volumes of goods. However, faced with the prospect of shortfalls in supply during 2010, large numbers of orders were placed with Taiwan- and China-based manufacturers instead, leading to record order figures for many such firms. The profitability of PV inverters has also attracted a number of companies from power supply-related sectors to invest in R&D for PV inverters. In 2011, PV inverter products from as many as five to ten Taiwan-based firms new to the sector are predicted to be certified and start shipping; while more than one hundred China-based firms eager to take a slice of this lucrative market are projected to launch PV inverters this year.

PV inverters from Taiwan-based manufactures have already been granted power grid certification in many countries, with product quality reaching a high standard. Many China-based manufacturers' products have only been granted power grid certification in China, however, and the quality of many of their products still lags behind that of their Taiwan-based counterparts. Consequently, there are considerable differences between Taiwan and China-based manufacturers in terms of strategy, positioning and pricing.

Looking ahead, although the reduction of PV subsidies by governments including Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and France will affect demand for installations in local markets, the rise of many emerging markets will sustain burgeoning demand for PV system installations. Digitimes Research forecasts that system installations will reach 22.4GWp in 2011, while shipments of PV inverters will hit 24.5GWp.

Table of contents
Price: NT$48,000 (approx. US$1,685)
Realtime news
  • IST strikes deal with JFE-TEC to jointly provide automotive-use materials testing services in China

    Bits + chips | 44min ago

  • Intel extends lifecycle support for IoT platforms to strengthen supply chains

    IT + CE | 46min ago

  • China Big Fund commits investment of CNY85 billion

    Bits + chips | 1h 5min ago

  • Neo Solar Power completes 200MWp high-efficiency PV module factory

    Green energy | 1h 6min ago

  • DRAM ASPs to rise 5% sequentially in 3Q17, says DRAMeXchange

    Bits + chips | 1h 51min ago

  • Yield rates, OLED supply may be key in new iPhone shipments

    Mobile + telecom | 1h 56min ago

  • Taiwan may benefit from ASEAN economic take-off, says TIER

    IT + CE | 2h 13min ago

  • Topco Scientific cooperates with AIDC, First International Computer to develop smart green energy systems

    Green energy | 3h 15min ago

  • CoolBitX Technology cooperates with KT to promote mobile e-payment platform

    IT + CE | 3h 19min ago

  • Taiwan Chelic expects growth in 2H17 business

    IT + CE | 3h 23min ago

  • Global VR investments in 1H17 exceed those in 2016, says HTC executive

    IT + CE | 3h 26min ago

Pause
 | 
View more

China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 8, 15:37

This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers, the current implementation plans of major smartphone vendors in the market and the technological hurdles faced by China's makers.

DIGITIMES...

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2017

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | May 31, 10:20

According to surveys and analyses conducted by Digitimes Research, revenues generated from sales of server motherboards, servers, storage systems and related network system equipment by Taiwan-based vendors rose 4.8% on year to reach NT$555.8 billion (US$18.79...

Global tablet market – 1Q 2017

GLOBAL TABLET | May 23, 14:49

Cannibalized by large-size smartphones, global tablet shipments in first-quarter 2017 dropped 16.7% on year to reach 37.12 million units.

Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2017

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | May 19, 11:42

Taiwan's handset shipments have improved significantly thanks to feature phone orders from HMD Global.

China smartphone market and industry – 1Q 2017

CHINA SMARTPHONE | May 12, 13:53

Total shipments of China-based smartphone makers in first-quarter 2017 were 134.30 million units, representing flat growth compared to first-quarter 2016 and showing an on-quarter drop of 28.8%.

WCIT
Intel strategies in the mobile device market
Analysis of China revised domestic semiconductor industry goals
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.