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STMicro, Taiwanese groups team on solar power

Posted: 14 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? ST? John Walko?

STMicroelectronics (ST) NV is teaming up with Delta Electronics Inc. of Taiwan and its majority-owned subsidiary DelSolar Co. Ltd for the development of solar power technologies.

The three companies signed a MoU that involves, initially, exploring cooperation opportunities in areas such as increasing solar cell production and developing photovoltaic inverter and power supply applications. They say the intention is to move to forming strategic partnerships once feasibility studies have been concluded.

The team brings together ST's strengths in semiconductors for power conversion applications, DelSolar's in solar cell manufacturing and Delta's leading position in switching power supplies. Delta, the leading provider of SPS devices, is now focusing on photovoltaic inverter design and production and sees the collaboration as a way to advance this strategy and become a major player in the fast growing solar energy system market.

"The solar electricity market is set to grow. In 2005 the cumulative installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems around the world passed the landmark figure of 5,000MWp. Global shipments of PV cells and modules have been growing at an average annual rate of more than 35 percent [according to September 2006 report from the EPIA] for the past few years and we expect that emerging photovoltaic markets such as China, India, and South Korea will become substantial beyond 2010 and will drive commoditization," said Carmelo Papa, corporate vice president and general manager of ST's micro, power, analog group.

RC Liang, senior technology advisor of Delta Group and CEO of DelSolar, said the combination of expertise offered by the three, which spans the full chain from the raw silicon to the inverters and power supplies that deliver electrical energy to the users, would "enable the development of more efficient technologies and products, thereby accelerating the wider use of solar energy."

- John Walko
EE Times-Europe

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