In an effort to keep pace with other polysilicon producers capacity expansion plans, AU Optronics is to invest approximately US$540 million in further polysilicon capacity expansions at M.Setek. The monocrystal silicon wafer producer will construct a second wafer fab, which will boost capacity from 3,000 tons to 7,000 tons per annum.
AU Optronics also said that it was building a solar module production line in Taichung, Taiwan and the line will be ramped up in Q1 2010. A ‘Reliability Lab’ for PV module’s quality assurance was also being built.
In June, 2009, AU Optronics began shipping modules to Europe. A 3MW solar park in Hungen, Germany was the first to use its modules.