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Applied Materials, T-Solar ink SunFab service deal

Posted: 14 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar industry? SunFab Performance Service? solar module production?

Applied Materials Inc. has announced its SunFab Performance Service program that guarantees the performance cost and output of the Applied SunFab Thin Film Line for producing solar modules, thus enabling continuous cost reduction based on megawatt output. Claimed to be the most comprehensive integrated support solution in the solar industry, the SunFab Performance Service allows customers to quickly ramp to volume production and optimize the efficiency and productivity of their SunFab Line.

Applied has signed a multiyear agreement to provide the SunFab Performance Service to T-Solar Global S.A. of Spain for the Applied SunFab Thin Film Line. Using 5.7m? glass panels, the SunFab Line can reduce the cost of utility-scale photovoltaic installations by more than 20 percent.

As part of this service agreement, Applied will manage and optimize T-Solar's SunFab Line performance with a wide variety of engineering, logistics, technology and automation software solutions. In addition to all preventive and corrective maintenance and complete parts management, Applied will provide continuous improvement programs and total factory optimization to enable low operating cost and on-going productivity gains.

"By entrusting the equipment, maintenance and performance of our solar production line to Applied, we are guaranteed specific results that minimize our risk, shorten our time to production, and meet our profit goals," said Cesar Alberte, fab director of T-Solar. "We view this as the most economic solution to running our solar fab that over time will allow us to drop the cost per watt of solar energy."

In 2007, T-Solar became the first company in Europe to order an Applied SunFab Thin Film production line. The line is expected to have a nominal rated capacity of 40 megawatts per year when fully operational, enabling T-Solar to capitalize on the rapidly expanding market in Spain for photovoltaic installations.





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