Applied Materials Selected To Manufacture Solar Modules In India


Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been selected by Moser Baer India Ltd., a New Delhi, India-headquartered manufacturer of removable data storage media, to develop and install the world's first Generation (Gen) 8.5 thin film solar module production line in New Delhi. The Gen 8.5 line will manufacture photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, which are four times bigger than the largest solar panel substrates to date, the company says.

‘This contract represents a significant collaboration between companies in the U.S and India to establish the first truly modern solar facility in India using semiconductor manufacturing processes,’ says Ravi Khanna, Moser Baer's chief executive officer. ‘In light of its extensive experience in providing process expertise to chipmakers and large area substrate manufacturing technology to the flat panel display industry, we are confident Applied Materials can help us rapidly realize our plan to get to a 200 MW factory by 2009.’

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