Applied Materials To Build Module Plants for Masdar

As part of its Masdar Initiative, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. is contracting with Applied Materials to purchase three SunFab Thin-Film lines for producing solar modules. With an optional tandem junction upgrade, these SunFab lines are expected to annually produce modules with a targeted capacity of up to 210 megawatts (MW).

One of the SunFab lines to be supplied by Applied will be located in Erfurt, Germany, and is expected to begin production in the second half of 2009. The other two lines will be located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and are expected to start production in early 2010. These lines will help supply solar power to Masdar City, the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city that is designed to be fully powered by renewable energy.

“The Masdar Initiative is focused on ensuring that renewable energies play a key role in the energy portfolio that the world needs now and into the future. We are doing this by applying scale, capital and commitment to the most promising technologies to accelerate the rapid adoption of renewable energy,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar. “We are pleased to be working with Applied Materials.”

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