German-Russian Forum nets integrated solar cell facility

The agreement encompasses the building of a fully integrated plant for the manufacture of 10,000 metric tons of polysilicon per year and its processing to solar wafers, solar cells and solar modules, with a total annual capacity of 1.2GWp.

December 3, 2009–As a sideline of the meeting of the joint management committee of the German-Russian raw materials forum held in Moscow, an agreement has been signed on a strategic cooperation in the sector of renewable energies involving Titan and Silarus (Russia) and Gebrüder Schmid GmbH + Co., Schmid Silicon Technology GmbH and EPC Engineering Consulting GmbH (Germany).

The agreement encompasses the building of a fully integrated plant for the manufacture of 10,000 metric tons of polysilicon per year and its processing to solar wafers, solar cells, and solar modules, with a total annual capacity of 1.2GWp.

The plant is to be built in the Omsk region (West Siberia) and will involve a total investment volume of ca. 1.6 billion euros. With the application of monosilane technology, the companies say a particularly energy-saving production in line with the objectives of the raw materials forum can be guaranteed.

The German contingent of the joint management committee is made up of high-ranking representatives from the fields of science, economics and politics – including Prof. Klaus Töpfer, patron of the raw materials forum and former vice secretary-general and executive director of the environmental programme of the United Nations; former Bavarian prime minister Dr. Edmund Stoiber; and Prof. Horst Teltschik, an expert on foreign policy.

The German-Russian raw materials forum is a central dialog platform for the development of strategies for the effective use of fossil, mineral, and alternative raw material resources. It was founded in October 2006 by the mining academy and technical university of Freiberg, and the federal mining institute of Saint Petersburg – the oldest coal and steel colleges in the world.

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