2 March 2012

Emcore-San'an CPV joint venture Suncore opens 200MW factory

Suncore Photovoltaics Technology Co Ltd has completed its Phase-I construction and started production of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) modules at its facility in the High-Tech Development Zone of Huainan City, Anhui Province, China (marked officially by a grand opening ceremony on 21 February).

Suncore was founded in July 2010 as a joint venture owned 40% by Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA (which makes components, subsystems and systems for the fiber-optic and solar power markets) and 60% by San'an Optoelctronics Co Ltd of Xiamen, China (which designs and manufactures products including full-wavelength-range high-brightness LED chips and wafers, solar cells, and PIN photodiodes). The JV is targeted at the development, manufacture and distribution of CPV receivers, modules and systems for terrestrial solar power applications.

The JV broke ground to start construction of the new facility in Huainan in February 2011, as the first phase of its three-phase construction and business growth plan. With Phase I having now been completed, Suncore has an annual production capacity of 200MW CPV modules using a highly automated production line.

Suncore has begun production against its 50MW purchase order for an installation in Golmud, China (which, once completed, will be the world’s largest CPV installation).

"Given the current macroeconomic environment for photovoltaics, we believe China is emerging as the most promising market for CPV solar power in the world,” says Emcore’s chief operating officer Christopher Larocca. “Suncore's initial 50MW purchase order is a testament to the demand for CPV in China, and we firmly believe that Suncore's cost model will allow Suncore to aggressively compete in the photovoltaic market there and around the world. Emcore is very proud to be supplying the highest-efficiency terrestrial solar cells currently in production for this milestone project,” he adds.

“With the strong support from San'an, Emcore, and the local regional government, Suncore completed the facility construction and commenced production at its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in one year,” says Suncore’s president & CEO Dr Charlie Wang. "Suncore has also made tremendous progress developing solar projects in China,” he adds. “Through close collaboration with our business partners, Suncore is well positioned to be the dominant CPV supplier in China for commercial and power utility applications,” he reckons.

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