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German PV paste firm upgrades solar lab in China

Heraeus increases R&D capabilities at Shanghai PV facility to support Chinese manufacturers and launch solar cell products

The upgraded laboratory aims to increase local support to Chinese PV manufacturers and launch products to maximise solar cell performance

German solar paste firm Heraeus has upgraded its PV laboratory in China to support manufacturers in the BRIC country. The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit has increased research and development capabilities of its four-year-old facility in Shanghai to increase local support to Chinese PV manufacturers and launch products to maximise solar cell performance.

The company, which develops and manufacturers silver metallisation pastes for the photovoltaic industry and has headquarters in Germany, said it will increase investment and continue to invest in the facility in the future.

Tobias Caspari, general manager of Asia for the Photovoltaics Business Unit, said: "China represents the largest market for solar cell production and is vital for the success of the PV industry. We have been present in China since 2009 with a local PV facility, providing production, and technical support to the Chinese market. We value our customer relationships in this region very much and will continue to invest in technology at our Shanghai facility in order to serve our customers even better.

"The investments we make in this lab will support our efforts to work closely with our Chinese customers and launch new products that maximise the performance and value of their solar cells," he said.

Bill Gao, business unit manager of the China Region, added: "Since Heraeus' entry into the PV market as a metallisation paste supplier, we have developed strong relationships with many of the major cell manufacturers in China. We appreciate their confidence in our products and capabilities and we are committed to their success."

The news from Heraeus follows other German companies whose renewable energy technology is building up in China. This includes German firm Voith, which supplied pumping technology totalling 200MW to develop a hydropower plant in Southeast China in August 2012.