Astronergy is taking the next-step in its thin-film capacity expansion plans with the placement of a follow-on equipment order with Oerlikon Solar. The expanded capacity will incorporate new module materials and the latest innovations in thin-film technology, boosting Astronergy’s total thin-film module capacity to at least 75MW by early 2011. The China-based firm has a 30MW line in operation and has plans to expand production to 400MW.
“By focusing our efforts on thin film products and diligently working to strengthen our core competencies, we will maintain our reputation as a first-class PV enterprise,” commented Liyou Lang, CEO of Astronergy. “We are highly confident that continued collaboration will enable both of our companies to extend our leadership in the thin-film solar industry.”
“Astronergy represents a further milestone on our way to demonstrating that thin-film silicon technology leads to the lowest module production cost per watt,” said Jurg Henz, CEO of Oerlikon Solar.
Astronergy was the first large-scale manufacturer in mainland China, using Oerlikon Solar’s turnkey a-Si technology.