Following the start of legal procedures by the liquidation trustee for failed flexible a-Si thin-film manufacturer, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), Trina Solar has also responded to the litigation, noting the complaint was 'without merit”.
The company, which is listed in the antitrust litigation with the likes of Yingli Green and Suntech Power Holdings is being sued for damages totalling US$950 million. Yesterday Yingli said the claims were “baseless”.
Trina Solar added that it would “vigorously defend itself against the baseless allegations in the complaint”.
ECD and subsidiary UniSolar failed to make an annual profit throughout their history as a publically listed company on NASDAQ, despite being the pioneer and major producer of a-Si-based flexible thin-film modules, specifically designed for the niche BIPV and BAPV markets.
Only Suntech Power Holdings had attempted to compete with ECD in the BIPV market, utilising a-Si thin-film modules using Applied Materials ‘SunFab’ turnkey production technology.
Although Suntech used such models to adorn its Wuxi headquarters in China, the company exited the thin film market long before ECD went bankrupt.