Oerlikon Expands Thin Film Line to Russia

Oerlikon Solar announced this week that Nano Solar Technology Ltd. (NST), a newly formed Russian high-tech firm, has ordered a 120-megawatt end-to-end Micromorph line for production of thin film solar modules. With the envisaged production capacity of one million solar modules annually, this is the largest equipment order in the worldwide thin film silicon photovoltaic (PV) market in 2009 to-date, according to Oerlikon.

NST is a Joint Venture between Renova Group and the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano).

The order includes Oerlikon Solar’s Micromorph technology, which the company says raises module efficiency by up to 50 percent over its other thin-film generation technologies. The equipment will be delivered in 2010 to the new site currently under construction in Novocheboksarsk (Chuvash Republic). The start of production is scheduled for 2011.

Establishing production of thin film solar modules in the Chuvash Republic is part of Rusnano’s strategy to develop the high tech economy in Russia by co-investing in nanotechnology industry projects. Through acting as a catalyst for private co-investments, Rusnano aims at creating conditions favorable to developing cutting-edge nanotechnology in Russia.

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