Russia tooling 1M module/year TF PV factory

Nano Solar Technology, a Russian joint venture between the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) and Renova Group, has ordered a 120MW Micromorph thin-film PV line, with envisioned 1M annual solar module capacity — the biggest tool order for thin-film silicon PV anywhere in the world this year.

August 20, 2009 – Nano Solar Technology (NST), a Russian joint venture between the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) and Renova Group, has ordered a 120MW Micromorph thin-film PV line, with envisioned 1M annual solar module capacity — the biggest tool order for thin-film silicon PV anywhere in the world this year.

The order is expected to be delivered in 2010 to a new site being built in Novocheboksarsk, Chuvash Republic, with production startup in 2011. RUSNANO also plans to set up a research center with the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to focus on increasing solar module effectiveness. About 300 new direct jobs and about a thousand indirect jobs (e.g., production of glass and clean gases) will be created with the site, according to Sergey Polikarpov, chairman of NST and RUSNANO managing director, in a statement.

“This is a win-win situation for all parties involved — Oerlikon Solar can establish a strong presence in the Russian market, and the Russian economy has made another step as a state-of-the-art production site,” added Yaroslav Kuznetsov, CEO of NST.

Oerlikon CEO Uwe Krueger noted that the new business adds to efforts already ongoing in the region for the company’s segments coating, vacuum, textile, and drive systems units.

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