Pennsylvania, United States [RenewbleEnergyWorld.com] Air Products announced that it has signed a turnkey gas supply contract to provide on-site gases, liquid bulk gases, specialty gases and gas equipment to China’s Best Solar Hi Tech Co. Ltd, which is building a new thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Wuzhong Economic Development Park in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
When the facility comes online at its full capacity, it will have an annual solar module manufacturing capacity of 330 megawatts (MW). The contract between Air Products and Best Solar includes the long-term supply of hydrogen, nitrogen and argon, and specialty gases such as silane, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and dopant gases.
Air Products will also install and manage the bulk gas and specialty gas supply systems. This contract marks Air Products’ largest investment in the burgeoning thin-film photovoltaic industry and complements its existing crystalline PV offerings.
“We are proud to have Best Solar’s confidence in our supply capabilities for what will be one of the world’s largest thin-film photovoltaic production facilities,” said Corning Painter, vice president and general manager, Global Electronics, Air Products.