1366 Technologies secures major ‘Direct Wafer’ supply deal

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Hanwha Q CELLS has previously entered into a development partnership with 1366 Technologies that achieved a solar cell efficiency of 19.1%, independently verified by Fraunhofer ISE. Image: 1366 Technologies

US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer, 1366 Technologies has secured a major supply deal with Hanwha Q CELLS, a ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member that will enable the company to ramp its planned initial 250MW facility in Genesee County, New York state in 2017.

The deal, based on 1366 Technologies having to meet certain terms and conditions related to its wafer qualification and timing of wafer deliveries with the ramp of the new production facility would result in Hanwha Q CELLS purchasing up to 700MW of wafers over a 5 year period. 

“This agreement aligns with our continuing efforts to bring about world leading technologies that enable solar energy to be more competitive and more affordable,” commented Seong-woo Nam, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS.  “We are pleased with the progress we have made together during the past year and excited about the potential of 1366’s ‘Direct Wafer’ products with Hanwha’s cell and module technologies to deliver further cost reductions and LCOE competitiveness to standard multi-crystalline wafer-based modules.” 

Hanwha Q CELLS has previously entered into a development partnership with 1366 Technologies that achieved a solar cell efficiency of 19.1%, independently verified by Fraunhofer ISE.

“This agreement with one of the world’s most respected and innovative solar manufacturers is, no doubt, a significant milestone for our business. It further demonstrates the compelling capabilities of the Direct Wafer™ technology and the readiness of this innovation, and establishes its long-term bearing on the industry,” said Frank van Mierlo, CEO of 1366 Technologies.

The company had previously announced longer-term plans to expand production in phases that would take the capacity to 3GW, equivalent to 600 million wafers per annum and create around 1,000 jobs. The facilities would be supplied energy from hydro-electric sources, providing the lowest possible cost and lowest energy payback. Around 400 ‘Direct Wafer’ furnaces will be housed at the facility.

1366 Technologies was issued a US$150 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build a commercial-scale manufacturing facility.

Read Next

February 2, 2021
Large-wafer size producer Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor (TZS) is to build a new 50GW 210mm (G12) mono-wafer manufacturing hub in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region at a cost of around RMB12 Billion (US$1.86 billion).
February 2, 2021
The solar industry's two largest enterprises, GCL and LONGi have signed a major polysilicon supply deal, the first time the rivals have entered into a major business deal together.
February 1, 2021
Panasonic has announced plans to withdraw from manufacturing heterojunction (HJT) cells and modules with the closure of its manufacturing plants in Malaysia and Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
January 27, 2021
PV-Tech’s flagship PV ModuleTech conference returns, through an online platform, on 9-11 March 2021, with a focus on providing utility-scale site developers and investors a comprehensive understanding of the new module formats being sold to the market today.
January 26, 2021
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar has updated its capacity expansion plans for its solar cell and module assembly plant in the Yangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone (ETDZ).
January 25, 2021
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member GCL System Integration Technology Co (GCL-SI) has cancelled plans to build a 2.5GW ‘Shingled’ (cell) module assembly plant in Funing, Hebei Province, China and will instead shift the project to its recently-started 60GW module manufacturing hub in Hefei.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Upcoming Webinars
April 28, 2021
4:00 - 4:30 PM CET
Solar Media Events
May 11, 2021