Having previously supplied PECVD and diffusion furnaces to China-based PV module manufacturer, CECEP Solar Energy Technology in 2010, as it ramped its first production lines, centrotherm photovoltaics has received a major follow-on order.
CECEP, which like many companies had aggressive plans to ramp c-Si module capacity beyond 1GW as rapidly as possible, has selected centrotherm to provide anti-reflective coating and phosphorous diffusion systems as part of its next phase expansion.
“Only a few solar cell manufacturers are currently investing in expanding their capacities, with most preferring to upgrade existing production lines,” said Hans Autenrieth, Management Board member at centrotherm photovoltaics. “We regard this order as a bright spot on the horizon, reflecting photovoltaics' future potential, and we are gratified by the confidence that our customers are investing in us.”
CECEP was said to have had an initial capacity of 180MW, while centrotherm’s new order will support 300MW of annual production. CECEP opened tenders for the expansion in August, 2012, according to centrotherm.
Jiang Likai, General Manager at CECEP Solar said: “We aim to be a leading supplier of photovoltaic products in China, and to also offer our quality products globally at competitive prices. With centrotherm photovoltaics as a supplier for solar cell production equipment, we have the key to access such a position.”