‘Black Silicon’ solar cell material start-up, Natcore Technology has claimed its secretive Australian business partner Denzo Pty Limited has been undertaking site selection analysis in advance of building a small solar cell production facility in Australia.
Denzo is a private company going back to 1965 and has operated car dealerships amongst a range of activities including LNG distribution but has no known operating website.
According to Natcore, a JV would be established to produce solar cells with an initial capacity of between 30MW to 100MW, whereby Natcore Australia would become a licensee of its ‘Black Silicon’ IP, and customer of the materials, which was originally licensed from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), including diffused emitters with liquid phase passivation techniques.
Site selection was claimed to have been whittled-down to two potential sites in the country, the city of Orange, NSW and Wellcamp West Brisbane Airport in Toowoomba, Queensland, although no reasons were given as to why the locations were ideal for manufacturing.
“We sought out Natcore after careful due diligence on solar technologies throughout the world,” says Ken Mathews, managing director of Denzo. “We've already attracted potential industry partners, and Denzo is confident of success using the Natcore technology.”
The Denzo director did not disclose any details on the potential partners or financial investments and timelines for any aspect of the proposed JV cell manufacturing plant.