Chang Zhou Almaden a major PV glass manufacturer in China is establishing a new manufacturing plant in Dubai to produce 400,000 PV glass substrates per annum.
The facility was said to cost approximately US$30 million and located in the Dubai Silicon Oasis campus, a free zone technology park in the United Arab Emirates. The plant was said to become operational in the first quarter of 2015.
Jinxi Lin, chairman of Chang Zhou Almaden said, “Solar is definitely the energy source for the future and although there are huge challenges facing the industry, we believe Almaden will create an impact on the market with our improved eco-friendly technology, competitive pricing and quality standards. Our ultra-thin dual glass PV panel has been especially designed for the hot summers of the Middle East allowing minimal power loss in high humidity and high temperature environments.”
Almaden noted that it preparing to launch what it described as an ‘ultrathin’ tempered solar glass (thickness ≤ 2.0mm), as well as new anti-reflective coated and anti-glaring electronic glass.
The 15,000 sq meter factory will be set up at a total capital cost of AED 110 million, marking Almaden’s foray into the MENA region. Designed to produce up to 400,000 PV panels every year, the manufacturing facility is set for completion in Q1 2015.
Historically, Almaden has been a key supplier to Wuxi Suntech, Hanwha SolarOne, Yingli Green and China Sunergy.