At the U.S.–China Renewable Energy Forum in Beijing, China, Applied Materials and China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) revealed the signing of their memorandum of understanding. The non-binding MOU aims to investigate projects for the acceleration, development, and deployment for solar PV technology.
“The collaboration between CECEP and Applied Materials will further advance the deployment of the latest PV technologies in China,” said Li Junfeng, deputy director of the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission. “The 5MW solar farm that CECEP plans to build in Inner Mongolia, using Applied’s SunFab technology, will be the largest thin-film, utility-scale solar farm in China when completed.”
CECEP will be building a 5MW utility-scale PV power plant in Mongolia using, for the first time, silicon-based thin-film solar modules. ENN Solar Energy won the bid to supply the modules and manufactures its 5.7m2 tandem-junction thin-film panels on its SunFab line, supplied by Applied Materials.