NorSun AS of Norway has placed a $40 million dollar order with Kayex, asubsidiary of SPX Corporation for new crystal growing machines to beinstalled at NorSun's new mono crystalline ingots and solar waferfacility in Ardal, Norway. Once fully operational this facility will beamong the largest of its kind in the world, according to SPX. Shipmentof equipment is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2007.
A recently acquired new solar industry customer based in Asia hasplaced a follow-on order with Amtech Systems valued at $4.9 million forits diffusion processing systems for solar cell manufacturing. Amtechexpects the $4.9 million order to ship in fiscal 2008.
Taiwan's CMC Magnetics Corp has contracted with Oerlikon Solar toprovide a turnkey 40-MWp thin-film solar cell production plant. Thedeal includes end-to- production process from glass purification totesting of the finished solar modules with an entire metrology systemintegrated into the lines. The first components will be shipped to CMCthis year and production is planned for mid-2008.
WIN Semiconductors has placed an order with AIXTRON for its AIX 2600G3IC epitaxy reactor that will be used for the development andmanufacture of triple junction solar cells on germanium wafers forterrestrial Solar Cell applications. It will be installed in WINSemiconductors’ facility in Kuei Shan Hsiang, Taiwan.
Green Energy Technology has awarded Applied Materials with a contract to supply a complete production line for thin film solar modules using ultra-large 5.7m2 glass panels. Applied will deliver the fully integrated line of equipment for the new facility being built in TaoYuan, Taiwan in the first half of 2008 with production expected later that year. The facility will have a nominal rated capacity of 40 megawatts per year.
Continuing its strategic focus on the solar cell manufacturing market, Applied Materials has made another major acquisition in the solar equipment sector with the purchase of Switzerland-based HCT Shaping Systems SA, the largest specialist in wafer sawing tools for both solar and semiconductor wafer markets.
The continued demand for polysilicon coming primarily from the solarcell industry has led to WACKER’s starting ‘stage 8’ of polysiliconproduction expansion at its Burghausen, Germany site by an additional7,000 metric tons to a total of 21,500 metric tons per year.
Hoku Materials, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hoku Scientific, hassigned its second long-term polysilicon material contract this year,this time with Suntech Power Holdings, and is worth approximately $678million over a 10-year supply deal.
Amtech Systems has won $4.1 million worth of neworders from Asia-based solar cell manufacturers primarily for itsdiffusion processing systems, the company said. The company has received more than $16.5 million insolar orders over the last twelve months. For the fiscal 2007 year todate, Amtech has received approximately $9.8 million of solar orders.The latest orders are expected to ship in approximately six months.
Thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic module manufacturer Signet Solar has announced plans to ultimately produce 1 gigawatt (GW) in annual production of solar modules over the next ten years at a new plant to be built in India at an estimated final cost of approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars.