Green Energy Technology has awarded Applied Materials with a contract to supply a complete production line for thin film solar modules using ultra-large 5.7m2 glass panels. Applied will deliver the fully integrated line of equipment for the new facility being built in TaoYuan, Taiwan in the first half of 2008 with production expected later that year. The facility will have a nominal rated capacity of 40 megawatts per year.
Mr. Hurlon Lin, President of GET, said: “From our position in supplying wafers for crystalline silicon solar cell manufacturing, we are seeing a tightened supply of silicon material driven by heavy demand from the solar and semiconductor industries. Using thin film technology for solar cells capitalizes on the greater availability of these glass substrates and the expanding worldwide need for cost-effective photovoltaic panels. There are significant economic advantages to large-area thin film solar technology and,” he noted, “based on Applied Materials’ proven expertise in large-area flat panel manufacturing, we trust Applied to provide the technology and experience that can help make our new venture a success.”
GET’s initial capacity in 2005 was 25-30MW wafers using 13 furnaces. By the end of 2006 this had been increased to 26 furnaces with annual capacity reaching 80-90MW.