Sunfilm AG has contracted for a second SunFab Thin Film Line from Applied Materials Inc., to be installed next to Sunfilm's first line in Grossroehrsdorf, Germany. The new equipment will bring Sunfilm's annual capacity at this site to over 120 MWp.
Sunfilm's first SunFab line, ordered last year, is expected to begin initial production runs in July, and the second line is scheduled for startup approximately a year later. Applied Materials says Sunfilm is setting a new benchmark for the solar industry by manufacturing the world's first tandem-junction, silicon thin-film photovoltaic modules using 5.7-square-meter glass panels.
‘Sunfilm's lines will be a first in the industry, demonstrating the significant advantages of scale by applying large-area nanomanufacturing technology and tandem-junction efficiency to reduce cost,’ says Dr. Mark Pinto, senior vice president and general manager of Applied Materials' energy and environmental solutions group.
SOURCE: Applied Materials