Swiss Thin-Film Solar Module Production Line Heads East

Oerlikon Solar signed a contract with Taiwan’s CMC Magnetics Corp. (CMC) for the supply of a 40 megawatt-peak (MWp) thin-film solar cell production plant, marking Oerlikon Solar’s first order in the Asia-Pacific region.

“With this major order, Oerlikon Solar becomes the world’s first company to supply a customer with a fully automated production line for thin-film solar modules with integrated test systems,” said Dr. Uwe Kruger, CEO of Oerlikon. “This is only the beginning.”

The modern Oerlikon Solar high-tech production line enables the manufacture of silicon thin-film modules at an expected annual output of approximately 40 MWp. The turnkey end-to-end plant embraces the entire production process from glass purification to testing of the finished solar modules. Also included in the CMC contract is a service package for commissioning the process equipment and for getting production up to speed.

The first components will be shipped to CMC this year and production is planned for mid-2008. The contract with CMC includes the option to upgrade capacity and migrate to Oerlikon’s next technology generation of Micromoph Tandem.

“Oerlikon Solar is the absolute leader in thin-film solar technology and, at present, is the only supplier of mature production plants for thin-film solar modules,” said Bob Wang, chairman of CMC.

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