SunFab Wins China Utility Solar Farm

May262010

If you Google the question "How big is Applied Materials' SunFab solar panel," you'll find the answer is 5.7m2.

Similarly, if you want to know how big a 5MW SunFab thin film solar farm is, look no further than Applied Materials to find the answer.

The Applied SunFab thin film production line is considered the best solution for large scale utility solar deployment.  And we are now finally seeing large-scale utility solar take off in China.

China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) , a leading new energy company in China, today announced that they have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore projects for accelerating the development and deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology with Applied Materials. The MOU forms a framework for Applied Materials and CECEP to work together on a range of activities to further CECEP’s solar PV industry strategy and roadmap.

Also this week, U.S. State Secretary Clinton led a large government delegation of 200 people to visit Beijing for the 2nd U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Renewable energy was one of the hot topics discussed.  Applied signed the MOU with the Chinese green giant during the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Forum as witnessed by Chinese and U.S. senior leaders. The cooperation between Applied and CECEP represents a milestone in U.S. and China clean technology cooperation.

CECEP plans to build a 5MW utility-scale PV power plant in Inner Mongolia using silicon-based thin film modules for the first time. ENN Solar Energy Co., Ltd. has won the bid. ENN’s 5.7 m2 thin film tandem junction modules, which are manufactured by Applied’s SunFab line, will be used for the project. This is a milestone for Applied's SunFab line as it unveils a new era in utility-scale solar.  I am confident that at this scale, you would be able to see the resulting large scale thin film solar farm from the moon.

* Pictured are Dr. Mark Pinto, Executive Vice President and Corporate Technology Officer at Applied Materials (left) shaking hands with Chen Shuguang, Vice President of CECEP and General Manager of China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC) Solar.  Standing behind them is U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.

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