Shanghai, China — Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd. announced its plan to increase its cell capacity by 50 megawatts (MW) through the enhancement of its manufacturing processes, and to convert 160 MW of its existing cell lines to high-efficiency selective emitter technology, both to be completed in the early first quarter of 2011.
The company’s cell capacity is expected to reach 550 MW by the early first quarter of 2011. The addition of 50 MW incremental capacity will be achieved through “debottlenecking” and the enhancement of manufacturing processes without the purchase of any new cell lines.
“We experienced robust demand from customers in the first half of 2010, and customer demand in the second half of 2010 turned out to be much stronger than what we had anticipated. We are largely sold out of existing capacity for the remainder of 2010. Our continued ramp-up in capacity is driven by increased visibility of demand from our key customers in the first half of 2011 and we want to be prepared to meet this additional demand,” said Dr. Peter Xie, president of Solarfun.
Also by the early first quarter of 2011, Solarfun said that it plans to finish converting 160 MW of its existing cell capacity to high efficiency cell capacity through the introduction of selective emitter technology. The company’s approach is expected to realize efficiency targets exceeding 18.5% and 17.0% for monocrystalline and multicrystalline cells, respectively.
Finally, Solarfun said that its new manufacturing complexes are currently under construction allowing for major future cell and module capacity additions. These facilities will be completed during the first half of 2011 and are expected to provide the ability to add 500 MW of cell capacity and 1.2 GW of module capacity.