Linde JV wins gases supply contract for NexPower’s thin-film PV plant



NexPower has selected BOC Lien Hwa (BOCLH), a joint venture between The Linde Group and Taiwan’s Lien Hwa Corporation, to supply the main high purity gases for its new large substrate thin-film PV plant that is expected to begin operations by the second quarter of 2008. NexPower’s annual production capacity is put at 25MW in 2008. The next expansion phase is to increase manufacturing capacity to 100MW by the end of 2010.

“BOCLH is excited to be a part of this new and developing technology which we believe will have an expanding role in Taiwan’s power supply infrastructure in the coming years,” said Alex Tong, President, BOCLH. “Our partnership with NexPower reinforces Linde’s mission to develop and apply advanced gas technologies that help manufacturers move towards lower cost energy.”

BOCLH will provide NexPower with turnkey installation of the special gases supply systems as well as providing key gases such as silane and hydrogen under a long-term agreement.

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