LNS to Supply Austria’s First Solar Cell Plant

Linde Nippon Sanso (LNS) has signed a contract to supply Austria’s first solar cell manufacturing plant. LNS has an exclusive contract to supply Blue Chip Energy GmbH in with all of the gases needed to make solar cells.

The Blue Chip plant, which will be fully operational in the second quarter of 2008, will manufacture 800,000 square meters of solar cells per year. Under the long-term contract, LNS will provide Blue Chip with installation of the plant’s bulk and special gases supply systems. These gases include large volumes of inert nitrogen, silane and ammonia.

“LNS is the leading electronic gas supplier in Austria, giving us security of supply and access to a wide range of gas technologies,” said Rainer Stowasser, managing director, Blue Chip Energy. “Blue Chip will benefit from their experience in supplying solar cell manufacturers around the world, helping us achieve a smooth start-up, optimise gas consumption and minimise environmental impact.”