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Anwell ramps solar panel production

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar panel? silicon? photovoltaic?

Anwell�s a-Si thin film solar panel production line

Anwell Technologies Ltd has started mass production of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film solar panels using its in-house developed Sunlite turnkey production line.

A unique aspect of Anwell's equipment is that it allows for the upgrading of its existing capabilities without purchasing a separate new line, representing substantial cost savings as it plans to increase its capacity to 120MW by the end of 2010. The added flexibility will also prove invaluable as the group markets its turnkey solar equipment, offering companies that are keen to enter the solar industry the added benefit of tailoring their investment according to their available funds and customer demand.

"The successful commencement of mass production is yet another affirmation of the group's technical capabilities and places us in a position to benefit from the growing demand for solar panels across the globe," said Franky Fan, Anwell executive chairman and CEO. "This achievement is all the more memorable considering the fact that we entered the solar industry only two short years ago. Our unique vertically integrated business model, where we produce both the production line and thin-film solar panels, also gives us a distinct advantage in terms of cost and quality control over our competitors."

The global photovoltaic industry remains robust with solar installation increasing another 6 percent to reach a record high of 6.43GW in 2009, according to figures released by Solarbuzz, an international solar energy market research company. Demand for new installations was led by European countries, which accounted for 74 percent or 4.75GW of world demand.

"Given the strong governmental push for solar installations and heavy reliance on imports of European countries, we believe it is an ideal market for us to sell our solar panels. The German distribution center we set up in late 2009, has already paved the way for this growth," said Fan. "The marketing contacts and channels established over the last few months will allow us to immediately partake in this huge demand for solar panels in Europe market."

According to Displaybank, thin-film solar panels are also gaining in popularity against the more established crystalline silicon panels. Thin film solar panels made up 19.8 percent of globally produced solar panels in 2009, up from a 12.8 percent market share in 2008. This growth trend is expected to continue into 2010, where thin film solar panels are forecast to make up to 23.4 percent of the 12.1GW worth of total production.

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