Following on from the company’s positive report of dealings and customer response at this year’s EU PVSEC, centrotherm SiTec, subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics, has announced that it has gained an order from an unnamed Chinese company for several of its multicrystalline ingot furnaces for a sum in the single-digit million euro range. Shipment of the tools is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011, with plans for the first silicon ingots to be produced using the tool around six weeks after delivery.
The production of polysilicon and subsequent crystallization steps taking place at the same location allows for cost savings in the order of 10%, according to centrotherm. To this end, the customer has also placed an order for polysilicon production systems from centrotherm.
“This success confirms our strategy of focusing on efficient processes along the entire photovoltaic value chain,” said Dr. Albrecht Mozer, managing director of centrotherm SiTec. “It allows our existing customer to access a further step in the solar value chain, and integrates crystallization with a polysilicon project that centrotherm SiTec has already successfully realized.”