US $5 million to Develop Back Contact N-Type Battery!

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Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $71 million investment to address solar supply issues, SilfabSolar is one of seven projects to receive funding.

SilfabSolar, a Toronto-based solar cell and module manufacturer, announced last year that it plans to invest $0.15 billion to build a battery manufacturing plant in York County, South Carolina, which will develop back-contact N-type batteries and achieve a battery conversion efficiency of more than 26%, with an estimated annual production capacity of 1GW batteries and 1.2GW modules. The project has received $5 million in US government funding.

Currently, Silfab is developing these batteries on a 300MW test line that will operate alongside Silfab's primary N-type battery manufacturing at its South Carolina facility. The company reports that the project will be able to quickly bring cost-effectiveback contact batterytechnology to expand into high-volume production of its next solar module series. The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO) also selected Silfab for a separate innovation award to further develop high-efficiency building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) modules. These modules have opaque glass and can be used for glass surfaces between floors of commercial buildings that do not require transparent glass windows. The $500000 million project will be demonstrated at Silfab's facility in Washington.

Recently, the United States launched a solar cell tariff investigation on China and four Southeast Asian countries where China's photovoltaic enterprises export overseas products. According to the latest news from foreign media, the White House has confirmed that the tariff exemption for double-sided solar modules will be canceled in accordance with Article 201 of the 1974 Trade Law. The government said that previously signed two-sided solar module contracts, and delivered within 90 days after the exemption clause is canceled, can enjoy exemption.

The Biden administration also confirmed that the moratorium on solar imports to four Southeast Asian countries-Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam-will end on June 6, 2024. In addition, to encourage upstream solar supply chain development, the government may increase the solar cell 201 clause duty-free quota by 7.5GW from the current 5GW.

In order to prevent cheap imported solar components from flooding the US market, the White House will require duty-free imported components to be installed within 180 days. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will require importers to provide proof of component use and detailed information about the component items deployed, and the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce will closely monitor import patterns.


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