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TSMC, Centrosolar ink solar module agreement

Posted: 13 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:crystalline solar modules? LED? thin-film solar products?

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC) has signed an agreement with Centrosolar Group AG, designating the German company as its exclusive manufacturer of crystalline solar modules in Europe.

TSMC, the world's largest pure-play foundry manufacturer of ICs, has been planning on a diversification into solar and LED manufacture for some time although exactly how the move will play out in different regions is not yet clear.

Under the agreement, Centrosolar has agreed to supply TSMC with an initial module capacity of 100MWp per year using solar cells provided by TSMC. The companies are also discussing the possibility of further collaboration in the areas of product development and process engineering.

Centrosolar plans to build up the capacity required to service TSMC in a new production building adjacent to its plant in Wismar, Germany, which was opened as a 155MWp per year capacity facility in 2008.

The first deliveries under the TSMC agreement are due in the third quarter of 2011. TSMC said the two companies would not make public the financial terms of the manufacturing agreement. Centrosolar is a publicly held company listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Centrosolar and to offer a true premium module as our first product, and we look forward to closer collaboration in the future," said Ying-Chen Chao, senior director in charge of TSMC's solar PV business, in a statement. "This agreement with Centrosolar complements our efforts in developing thin-film solar products, as it allows us to address a broader range of market segments and serve our European customers together with another trusted name."

The construction of a new production hall and warehouse in Wismar will give Centrosolar the space to increase its existing capacity from currently 200MWp to up to 500MWp per year in line with demand.

This will equip the company for further growth from both its own business and from contract manufacturing. The first phase, which is to be completed by the third quarter, will add an additional 150MWp of manufacturing capacity and provide an additional 300 job opportunities in Wismar, bringing the workforce there to 700.

Peter Clarke
EE Times

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