ULVAC Production Lines To Support Taiwan-Based Thin-Film PV Operation

Gueishan, Taiwan-based Fortune Group is establishing an affiliated company, Sunner Solar Corp., to start production of thin-film solar cells in summer 2008 in Taiwan. To commence operations, the company has concluded a package contract for the purchase and introduction of thin-film production lines with Japan-based ULVAC Inc.

Sunner Solar says it expects to increase production within three years by expanding in China, to achieve a total production scale of 100 MW. ULVAC will participate in this expansion with its thin-film solar cell technology incorporating a tandem structure with a microcrystal (u-Si) layer.

The company adds that it will use fifth-generation glass substrates in production lines composed of a thin-film formation process, including CVD, laser processing and sputtering systems, and a subsequent assembly process. ULVAC will supply the equipment and start-up production training.

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