Solarfun Boosts Cell Capacity

Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd., a China-based vertically integrated manufacturer of silicon ingots, wafers and photovoltaic cells and modules in China, says it will increase its cell capacity by 50 MW through the enhancement of its manufacturing processes, and convert 160 MW of its existing cell lines to high-efficiency selective emitter technology.

Both operations are scheduled to be completed in the early first quarter of 2011.

‘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,’ says Dr. Peter Xie, president of Solarfun. ‘We are largely sold out of existing capacity for the remainder of 2010.’

The company's cell capacity is expected to reach 550 MW by early in the 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.

SOURCE: Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd.

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