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Solar wafer maker signs deal with Intel spin-off

Posted: 23 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer? ingots? solar cell technologies?

PV Crystalox Solar plc has said it has signed a contract with newly formed Intel spin-off, SpectraWatt Inc., for the supply of multicrystalline wafers with a total output of 125mW from 2009 to 2013.

The company said the deal has been structured with predetermined prices and volumes, but the number of wafers and the financial value of the order were not disclosed.

In addition to focusing on advanced solar cell technologies, SpectraWatt is chartered with developing improvements in manufacturing processes and capabilities to reduce the cost of photovoltaic energy generation.

"SpectraWatt is an exciting new venture that will strengthen our customer portfolio and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership," said Iain Dorrity, CEO, PV Crystalox.

PV Crystalox, which is traded in the London Stock Exchange and was established in 1982, is a specialized supplier to solar cell manufacturers, producing multicrystalline silicon ingots and wafers for solar electricity generation systems. It was one of the first companies to develop multicrystalline technology on an industrial scale, and claimed to have set the industry standard for ingot production.

The company manufactures silicon ingots at facilities in Abingdon, England, with the majority of its output shipped to Japan, where it is sold either as ingots or wafers after processing by a subcontractor. The balance of its output is processed into wafers for European customers at the company's facilities in Erfurt, Germany.

It raised money for expansion by having an initial public offering of shares in 2007.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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