Applied Materials has won a turnkey fully integrated thin film silicon solar PV module production line order using large glass substrates. The start-up, Signet Solar, plans a solar module manufacturing plant in Dresden, Germany, targeting grid parity by 2010.
“Solar module and semiconductor manufacturing are closely related,” said Dr. Mark Pinto, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Applied’s New Business and New Products Group. “We believe that Signet Solar is strongly positioned to apply its management’s extensive expertise in semiconductor technology and manufacturing to optimize state-of-the-art thin film solar module production. We are excited to have this contract from Signet Solar.”
The Dresden facility is expected to come online in mid-2008 using Applied’s technology on glass substrates greater than five square meters.