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China CPV joint venture begins production

Concentrating photovoltaics firm starts producing modules for world-beating 50MW solar farm

The CPV installation will be in China
The CPV installation, which will be in China, is claimed to be the largest in the world

A solar joint venture in China has started producing modules for a 50MW concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) solar farm. Once complete, the CPV installation in Golmud is claimed to be the largest in the world.

Suncore Photovoltaics Technology Co, which was founded in July 2010 as a joint venture between firm San'an Optoelctronics Co, in China and EMCORE Corporation. It aims to develop, manufacture and distribute CPV receivers, modules and systems for terrestrial solar power applications.

The company has completed Phase-I construction and started production of CPV modules in its facility located in Huainan, China. The production facility is the first phase of its three-phase construction and business growth plan. Suncore broke ground to start construction of the current facility in February 2011. Now with Phase I having been completed, Suncore has an annual production capacity of 200MW CPV modules using a highly automated production line.

Christopher Larocca, chief operating officer of EMCORE, said: "Given the current macroeconomic environment for photovoltaics, we believe China is emerging as the most promising market for CPV solar power in the world.

“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 added.

Dr Charlie Wang, president and CEO of Suncore Photovoltaics, said: “This is an exciting milestone for EMCORE Corporation, San'an Optoelectronics and Suncore. 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. Suncore has also made tremendous progress developing solar projects in China.

“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 by offering a long-term cost-effective product to our customers,” he added.