Taiwan-based Auria Solar has become the first company in Asia to commence production of thin-film silicon solar modules using Oerlikon Solar’s Micromorph technology. Auria has already produced its first thin-film module using the technology, less than four months after having the equipment delivered. Oerlikon’s Micromorph technology will aid in the company’s reaching its target of annual production of 500MWp by 2012.
In early 2009, Auria expects to enter full-volume production, reaching an annual capacity in excess of 60MWp. The news follows the recent announcement that Berlin-based Inventux Technologies is also adopting the technology, which is claimed to increase efficiencies by up to 50%. Currently, first generation a-Si module efficiencies are in the region of 6.5% and Oerlikon Solar’s second-generation technology a-Si/μc-Si tandem structure has claimed to reach the 8.7% module efficiency range.
“The elements required to successfully compete in the global thin-film market include innovative and proven technology, end-to-end capabilities and extensive customer service that enable manufacturers to increase production as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Chi-Yao Tsai, CEO of Auria Solar. “Oerlikon Solar offers the strongest combination of these qualities and has consistently demonstrated that the company not only has proven technology but also has the ability to deliver and ramp-up systems in an extremely timely fashion.”