Auria Solar Uses Oerlikon’s micromorph Technology in Pilot Plant

Oerlikon Solar, announced that Auria Solar in Taiwan is now the first customer in Asia to begin production of thin-film silicon solar modules using Oerlikon’s micromorph technology. Auria Solar has already produced its first micromorph thin-film solar cell modules — less than four months after the equipment was delivered in August 2008.

Full-volume production will commence in the first quarter of 2009 with yearly output capacity exceeding 60 megawatts (MW). The plant will help Auria Solar move toward its goal of producing 500 MW annually by 2012. Auria executives expressed strong confidence that the company will start to earn revenue with Oerlikon’s technology as early as 2009, as present capacity has already been fully booked.

“The elements required to successfully compete in the global thin-film market include innovative and proven technology, end-to-end capabilities and extensive customer service that enable manufacturers to increase production as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Chi-Yao Tsai, CEO of Auria Solar. “Oerlikon Solar offers the strongest combination of these qualities and has consistently demonstrated that the company not only has proven technology but also has the ability to deliver and ramp-up systems in an extremely timely fashion.”’s Graham Jesmer talked with Chris O’Brien, head of market development and government relations in North America for Oerlikon Solar at Intersolar North America about the company’s solar business model and it’s micromorph technology. To see the interview, play the video below.

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