California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Signet Solar announced that it has begun volume production at its solar thin-film manufacturing facility in Mochau, Germany, after receiving Final Acceptance Test (FAT) certification from SGS Germany GmbH.Applied Materials Inc. supplied the SunFab production line to Signet. The company hailed the FAT approval as a significant step in the industrialization of solar photovoltaics (PV).
“Commencing volume production just 15 months after breaking ground has validated our strategy to bring rapidly scalable and affordable thin film silicon PV technology to market with proven equipment set and mainstream materials. Signet’s technology and manufacturing platform provides both gigawatt scale and low cost, leading to grid parity,” said Rajeeva Lahri, CEO of Signet Solar. “We are delighted to work with Applied Materials in this endeavor to make silicon thin film solar PV an affordable energy source for the mass market.”
Signet has produced more than 2,000 solar PV modules during its pilot production period and expects to now ramp to full production capacity of 20 MW per year. Signet plans to continue to increase capacity at the German facility to reach up to 130 MW by the end of 2009.