Shipments of its first 5.7 m² a-Si thin-film solar modules have begun from its fab in Ichtershausen, Germany, according to Masdar PV. The modules are being used in an unidentified ground-mounted solar park, also in Germany. The thin-film start-up also said that the ramp of production would reach 3MW by the end of 2009 and is considering locating a further manufacturing plant in North America, subject to market demand and not before the end of 2010.
“Until the end of the year, we will produce thin-film solar modules with a power rating of approximately 3 MWp” noted Dr. Rainer Gegenwart, CEO of Masdar PV. “A large share of them has already been sold.”
Masdar PV believes that the U.S. market suits the large-sized modules and is expecting the market to take-off in 2010. Masdar PV uses Applied Materials’ ‘SunFab’ a-Si technology.
“There are currently excellent opportunities in the USA, as the country will grow rapidly to become one of the largest solar markets. Particularly for our thin-film modules there are overproportional growth opportunities,” added Gegenwart.