Atlanta, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Suniva Inc. has announced that less than 12 months after it started initial planning, the company has successfully begun production of solar cells on its new 32-megawatt (MW) line in Norcross, Georgia. The company simultaneously announced plans to install a second production line next year with twice the manufacturing capacity of its first, bringing total production capacity of the Norcross facility to 96 MW by the middle of 2009.
The newly completed 32-MW line produces Suniva’s ARTisun solar cells, which are then delivered to module manufacturers to be assembled. Suniva currently sells solar cells produced at the Norcross facility under existing customer contracts totaling more than US $1 billion with companies including Solon AG and Titan Energy Systems LTD.
“Suniva’s customized centrotherm production lines allow us to manufacture state-of-the-art solar cells while also keeping the flexibility to incorporate additional innovations in the future,” said John Baumstark, CEO of Suniva. “Partnering with industry leader centrotherm photovoltaics allows us to quickly and responsibly scale to meet our existing contracts and future market demand.”
Earlier this year, Suniva produced solar cells in the lab with over 20 percent conversion efficiency, verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a world record for low-cost screen-printed solar cells.