Oerlikon Solar’s customer, Baoding Tianwei Solar Films, has placed an upgrade order to increase its production capacity of thin-film silicon solar modules from 46MW amorphous technology to 75MW micromorph technology.
“We chose to invest in Oerlikon Solar’s micromorph technology because micromorph enables 30% higher module power than other thin-film silicon technologies, and offers lower module manufacturing costs,” said Ma Wenxue, general manager of Tianwei.
“This upgrade from Tianwei demonstrates the competitiveness and innovative advantage of our thin-film silicon technology. We will continue to consistently implement our technology roadmap to further strengthen our position in the solar market,” said Michael Buscher, CEO of Oerlikon.
Ma continued to say, “Oerlikon Solar has an established track record of providing the lowest cost of ownership, fastest time to deployment, and the highest reliability in the thin-film solar market. With Oerlikon Solar as our continued partner, we trust to reach completion of our planned capacity expansion projects on schedule enabling us to provide higher-quality products with superior module efficiency resulting in lowest cost of electricity.”
The upgrade will start in January 2011 and will be finalized and is expected to be ready for mass production by March 2011.