Moser Baer Selects Applied Materials for Thin Film Solar Production Line

Applied Materials, Inc. has been selected by Moser Baer India Limited to develop and install in New Delhi, India, a Generation (Gen) 8.5 Thin Film Solar Module Production Line, which will manufacture photovoltaic (PV) solar modules using ultra-large 5.7m2 substrates (2.2m x 2.6m).

Applied’s contract with Moser Baer is for a fully integrated production line including chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), laser scribing, factory software, automation and other supporting technologies needed to establish a solar panel manufacturing facility with a rated initial capacity of 40 megawatts per year; it is expected to be delivered in the second half of calendar 2007. “We are excited to have this contract from Moser Baer; their extensive experience in high volume manufacturing will be key to enabling cost reduction,” said Mark Pinto, senior vice president and general manager of Applied’s New Business and New Products Group. “India holds tremendous potential both as a worldwide hub for solar panel production and as an end market for photovoltaic electric power.” Ravi Khanna, CEO, Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Business: “In light of its extensive experience in providing process expertise to chipmakers and large area substrate manufacturing technology to the flat panel display industry, we are confident Applied Materials can help us rapidly realize our plan to get to a 200-megawatt factory by 2009.”
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