Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Signet Solar Starts Volume Production of Large Area Silicon Thin Film Solar PV Modules

Abstract:
First Final Acceptance Test Certification of Applied Materials SunFab™ Thin Film Line Achieved in Only Seven Months After Start of Installation

Signet Solar Starts Volume Production of Large Area Silicon Thin Film Solar PV Modules

Menlo Park, CA | Posted on October 13th, 2008

Signet Solar, a global manufacturer of thin film silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules, today announced that it has begun volume production at its manufacturing facility in Mochau, Germany, after receiving Final Acceptance Test (FAT) certification from SGS Germany GmbH, one of Europe's leading providers of certifications, accreditations and approvals. Applied Materials, Inc., (Nasdaq:AMAT) a leading provider of nanomanufacturing technology solutions and supplier of the SunFab™ production line to Signet, hailed the FAT approval as a significant step in the industrialization of solar photovoltaics.

"Commencing volume production just 15 months after breaking ground has validated our strategy to bring rapidly scalable and affordable thin film silicon PV technology to market with proven equipment set and mainstream materials. Signet's technology and manufacturing platform provides both gigawatt scale and low cost, leading to grid parity," said Rajeeva Lahri, CEO of Signet Solar. "We are delighted to work with Applied Materials in this endeavor to make silicon thin film solar PV an affordable energy source for the mass market."

Applied Materials is a leader in solar photovoltaic manufacturing systems and technology and is the only supplier that can deliver a fully integrated production line capable of producing large 5.7m2 PV modules. In May of 2008, Signet Solar fabricated the first 5.7m2 thin film solar PV module at its factory near Dresden--a record setting ten months from the start of construction. Leveraging Applied Materials' proven equipment and PV technology expertise as the platform technology, Signet Solar's engineering team has met all throughput, uptime and line yield specifications just seven months after installing the SunFab line.

"We congratulate Signet on their management of such a fast and successful ramp," said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials. "Working together our teams have achieved this important industry milestone. As the first production panels start to roll off the line we are demonstrating a strong new capability to scale solar production to meet the world's demand for cost-effective, clean electricity."

Signet has produced over 2,000 solar PV modules during its pilot production period and expects to now ramp to full production capacity of 20 MW per year. Signet plans to continue to increase capacity at the German facility to reach up to 130 MW by the end of 2009. Through partnerships with Applied Materials, solar PV solution providers and energy producers, Signet is working to become the global leader in thin film photovoltaic module production and delivery. The applications of Signet Solar products include: solar farms, large commercial installations, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), and remote habitation.

####

About Signet Solar
Signet Solar, Inc. is a global company established in 2006 to bring Clean Affordable Renewable Energy™ to people and countries worldwide. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, the company has been founded to design, develop, manufacture and market thin film silicon photovoltaic modules.

Signet Solar and Clean Affordable Renewable Energy are trademarks of Signet Solar, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology™ solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, services and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. At Applied Materials, we apply Nanomanufacturing Technology to improve the way people live. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Signet Solar Inc.
Antenna Group
Skye Laudari
415-977-1925

or
Applied Materials Inc.
David Miller
408-563-9582 (editorial/media)

Robert Friess
408-986-7977 (financial community)

Copyright © Business Wire 2008

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Imaging electric charge propagating along microbial nanowires October 20th, 2014

Design of micro and nanoparticles to improve treatments for Alzheimers and Parkinsons: At the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country encapsulation techniques are being developed to deliver correctly and effectively certain drugs October 20th, 2014

Physicists build reversible laser tractor beam October 20th, 2014

Removal of Limitations of Composites at Superheat Temperatures October 20th, 2014

Thin films

Nanocoatings Market By Product Is Expected To Reach USD 8.17 Billion By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. October 15th, 2014

3x improvement in wear resistance from Carbodeon nanodiamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating October 14th, 2014

Tailored flexible illusion coatings hide objects from detection October 13th, 2014

HZO Teams With Deutsche Telekom to Unveil the Waterproof Tolino Vision 2 eReader: The New HZO Protected eReader Ushers in a New Era of Waterproof Electronics, Providing a Seamless User Experience Without the Risk of Using Port Doors and Mechanical Seals October 10th, 2014

Announcements

Imaging electric charge propagating along microbial nanowires October 20th, 2014

Design of micro and nanoparticles to improve treatments for Alzheimers and Parkinsons: At the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country encapsulation techniques are being developed to deliver correctly and effectively certain drugs October 20th, 2014

Physicists build reversible laser tractor beam October 20th, 2014

Removal of Limitations of Composites at Superheat Temperatures October 20th, 2014

Energy

First Canada Excellence Research Chair gets $10 million from the federal government for oilsands research at the University of Calgary: Federal government announces prestigious research chair to study improving oil production efficiency October 19th, 2014

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways October 16th, 2014

Unique catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells synthesized in ordinary kitchen microwave oven October 14th, 2014

Dyesol Signs Letter of Intent with Tata Steel October 13th, 2014

Solar/Photovoltaic

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways October 16th, 2014

Dyesol Signs Letter of Intent with Tata Steel October 13th, 2014

DNA nano-foundries cast custom-shaped metal nanoparticles: DNA's programmable assembly is leveraged to form precise 3D nanomaterials for disease detection, environmental testing, electronics and beyond October 10th, 2014

Over 100 European experts meet in Barcelona thanks to a COST Action coordinated from ICN2: The ISOS-7 Summit discusses the future of organic photovoltaic devices October 7th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE





  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE