n-PASHA Alliance Receives 100 MW n-type Technology and Equipment Order for Nexolon Turnkey Project in USA
Jun 25, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
The n-PASHA Alliance (RENA GmbH, ECN and Tempress Systems, Inc.), announced June 18 that it has been selected by Nexolon America to provide n-type technology and equipment to its photovoltaic cell production facility in San Antonio, Texas.
RENA, with its longtime relationship to Nexolon, is the contractual partner of Nexolon for this 100 MW turnkey project. n-PASHA noted that its technology and equipment is designed to produce n-type high-efficiency cells enabling the production of bi-facial modules. This order is the initial phase of a planned 200 MW turnkey project for Nexolon.
Woojeong Lee, President of Nexolon America, said: "Through evaluation of different technologies we chose the n-PASHA technology because it has proven to deliver high levels of solar cell efficiency and importantly, at an attractive cost structure making the n-PASHA technology highly beneficial with regard to the overall cost of energy produced by solar farms."
According to the group, Tempress (The Netherlands), the solar subsidiary of Amtech Systems, Inc., ECN (The Netherlands) and RENA (Germany) established their Alliance to jointly offer a technology transfer of the n-PASHA n-type bi-facial cell concept developed by ECN. Recent production technology improvements yield average cell efficiencies above 19.5 percent at competitive production cost. The n-type cells used for bi-facial modules generate electricity from light coming through both the front and rear side of the modules and in this way generate up to 20 percent more power in solar farms. Additionally, the n-type cells do not suffer from LID (light induced degradation) where power loss is typically three percent for commonly used p-type cells.
Juergen Gutekunst, CEO of RENA GmbH, explains: "n-PASHA technology is the high efficiency technology with excellent cost-benefit ratio. As one of the leading suppliers for wet etching, cleaning and plating processes we optimized our products for applications in the trend setting n-PASHA sequence. n-PASHA helps us and our customer to stay at the cutting edge."
Fokko Pentinga, CEO of Amtech Systems, Inc., said: "We have found that through continued advancement of the n-PASHA technology we deliver a competitive next generation high efficiency solar solution. This is the second order for this technology underscoring the Alliance is on the right technology path as the solar market progresses to higher value solutions. At Tempress, with our industry-leading Alliance partners, we are well-positioned to deliver these advanced technologies to the marketplace. We look forward to working with Nexolon in San Antonio, a solar hub in the USA, on this exciting project."
Robert Kleiburg, COO of ECN, said: "We are very proud that such a prestigious company as Nexolon has chosen ECN's n-PASHA technology for its new production facility in San Antonio. n-type silicon solar cells are gaining market share rapidly and the Alliance is speeding up the roadmap towards even higher performances. We are looking forward to intensify our collaboration with our alliance partners RENA and Tempress and the n-PASHA community to achieve our common goal to deliver better PV products."
Nexolon is a solution provider in the solar energy industry that manufactures central components for solar power generation such as varieties of solar ingots, wafers, cells and modules.
ECN develops knowledge and technology that enable a transition to a sustainable energy system.
RENA is a supplier of high-tech equipment and plants, primarily for water treatment and wet chemical surface processing.
Amtech Systems, Inc. manufactures capital equipment, including silicon wafer handling automation, thermal processing equipment and related consumables used in fabricating solar cells, LED and semiconductor devices.
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