Having launched its 120MW ‘Micromorph’ technology-based turnkey ‘ThinFab’ line at EU PVSEC last year, Oerlikon Solar has secured its first complete line order from an unidentified customer, based in Asia. Claimed to target production costs of €0.50/Wp and module roadmap efficiencies of 11.9%, the ThinFab line has an annual production capacity of around 850,000 solar modules. According to Oerlikon Solar the line will be operational in early 2012. Financial details were not disclosed.
“Our customer chose Oerlikon ThinFab technology due to low module costs, competitive energy efficiency especially under real operational conditions, and because we offer a clean-tech, cadmium-free solution. This first 120-MW-ThinFab order underlines the potential of our solar business,” said Helmut Frankenberger, CEO Oerlikon Solar.
“We have very positive feedback from the market to our new production line. We are certain that this order will generate even more interest in our thin film silicon solution,” commented Peter Tinner, Head of Sales & Marketing at Oerlikon Solar.
In December, 2010, Oerlikon Solar said that it had received the first orders for its ThinFab line. However, the company noted in a statement announcing its most order that previous orders were upgrades to existing customers lines to take advantage of the higher productivity and module efficiencies.
“This success is a further important step forward for Oerlikon Solar. It is significant that this order comes from Asia, the fastest growing, highly competitive and very important region for the solar industry today. We look forward to building on this success,” said Oerlikon CEO Michael Buscher.
Oerlikon Solar said that the customer was 'already active in the renewable energy sector.'