Photovoltaic crystal growing furnace specialist, Kayex, a division of SPX has won multiple systems orders from two new customers in China. Kayex is to install approximately 100 advanced crystal grower systems for both 6-inch and 8-inch solar wafer applications in the first half of 2010.
According to Kayex the new orders represent a growing trend in the Chinese solar manufacturing market. Both customers have chosen to utilize advanced turnkey production equipment, complete with thermal management systems. Kayex believes this is due to the need to gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive solar market.
Under the terms of the first contract, Kayex will provide 8-inch monocrystalline growth furnaces designed to incorporate the latest in N-type process capabilities.
The second contract is for its newest crystal growing furnaces for 6-inch monocrystalline growth. These crystal growing furnaces were designed to minimize average power consumption, while producing high quality ingots. This order also includes recent advancement in feeding and handling technologies, Kayex said.