Ascent Solar Selects Suppliers for Its 1.5 MW PV Plant

Ascent Solar Technologies has finalized the selection of manufacturing equipment suppliers that will supply the roll-to-roll manufacturing process tools for the production of its thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules on plastic substrate.

Ascent Solar is currently building a 1.5-megawatt (MW) production plant for its large roll format modules. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2007. To support Ascent Solar’s recent decision to incrementally increase manufacturing capacity to 100 MW levels beginning 2010, Ascent selected a group of manufacturing equipment suppliers with expertise in the area of roll-to-roll processing of thin films on plastic substrates. The group includes General Vacuum Equipment, UK; Stangl Semiconductor Equipment AG, Germany; Hiranokohnon, Japan; ITN Energy Systems, Inc., USA. The manufacturing tools for the 1.5 MW plant are scheduled to begin arriving in 3rd quarter of 2007 and all tools should be in place by year-end to support plans for initial production in early 2008.

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