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Solar cell fab construction kicks off in Malaysia

Posted: 17 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar? cell? manufacturing? fab?

AU Optronics Corp. reports that it has inaugurated the AUO SunPower Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia. The fab will be under construction through 2013. and, when completed, is expected to generate more than 1,400MW annually of high-efficiency solar cells to meet world demands.

AUO SunPower is located in Melaka's "solar valley", south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two-building facility will be 108,000m2, about the size of seven U.S. football fields, and will house 28 solar cell production lines when fully online.

In production since October of this year, AUO SunPower has already produced approximately 5MW with up to 22.5 percent conversion efficiencies.

AUO SunPower has been recognized by the International Energy Agency for its energy-efficient design.? It has applied for both gold and silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications for its administration building and cell fab, respectively.

AUO SunPower was engineered with a variety of energy efficient features that will help increase operations efficiency and cut energy costs.? These features include:

��Solar covered parking, with the system generating up to 2.6MW of power;

��Rooftop solar on all site facilities with systems generating more than 10MW of power;

? Rain water retention ponds for environmental protection and water recycling;

��Improved HVAC cooling and heating systems that offer a much lower carbon footprint for a facility of this size and type;

��100 percent of the hot water heating capacity is generated by heat recovery air compressors;

���Cooling system efficiency that uses approximately 40 percent less electricity compared to typical systems in the Melaka area.

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