EU PVSEC Hamburg, 21 September, 2009. — Just three weeks after production officially began, Oerlikon Solar’s Chinese customer Tianwei SolarFilms has signed one of the largest deals in thin film silicon PV history with Thailand Green Energy Co., Ltd. Under the terms of this agreement, Tianwei SolarFilms will provide 70MW of thin film solar panels to rapidly emerging markets across Southeast Asia. “We are already seeing significant market opportunities for our cutting-edge solar PV modules. Our decision to go with the clear market leader, Oerlikon Solar, is already paying dividends”, explains Mr. Ma Wenxue, General Manager, Baoding Tianwei SolarFilms Co., Ltd.
“We congratulate Tianwei on securing this landmark agreement, which demonstrates both the rapidly-growing market for solar energy in the Asian market and the advantages offered by our own fast-ramp thin film PV production technology,” comments Jeannine Sargent, CEO, Oerlikon Solar. “This deal is just the latest milestone on the journey towards making solar power economically viable and we look forward to working together with our customer’s rapid development”, she adds.
At Tianwei SolarFilms, Oerlikon Solar has installed its amorph IHIGH PERFORMANCE, a technology using a special high-performance front and back contact method in its production lines. A Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition (LPCVD) process is used to generate a Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) layer, which is superior to conventional methods. The light transmission and scattering properties of this layer are very important to achieve the efficiency with which the solar module is able to convert sunlight into electrical energy. The high performance of the Tianwei PV modules and the outstanding line productivity clearly demonstrate Oerlikon Solar’s technological leadership in this market.
“Just one more milestone in Oerlikon Solar’s mission to make solar power economically viable “