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CMC and Oerlikon Formed Strategic Alliance to Build Next Gen Thin-Film Photovoltaics

CMC and world-renowned Swiss equipment maker Oerlikon have joined hand-in-hand to enter thin-film solar cell technology after a decade of cooperation in the optical media industry. Sun Well Solar, a wholly owned CMC subsidiary, is scheduled to complete its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in November with equipment installation to follow immediately. Pilot production is scheduled in Q 1' 08 and for mass production in Q 2' 08. Sun Well Solar will be the first solar cell company in Taiwan , which produces a-Si thin-film solar cells.

Specializing in film-coating, vacuum and satellite technologies, Oerlikon not only enjoys high equipment market share in optical media manufacturing but also possesses advanced solar thin-film technology and unique R&D assets. As a long-term vertical value chain partner, CMC has worked with Oerlikon in the past decade to operate world-class plants with efficient Oerlikon equipments. In this new partnership, Oerlikon provides the necessary know-how and patents to Sun Well Solar, while Sun Well Solar will take CMC mass production success to the next level in terms of production efficiency, cost control and product differentiation. Together Sun Well Solar and Oerlikon will establish themselves as leaders in the thin-film PV industry.

Initially, conversion efficiency of Sun Well Solar thin-film PV module will be about 7%. Next stage plan is to take advantage of the Oerlikon Micromorph dual junction technology to push cell efficiency to 10%. Further advancement in phase-change materials and multi-junction technology is expected to push the efficiency beyond 12%.

Oerlikon group CEO Mr. Uwe Kruger visited Taiwan during his most recent Asia tour. He acknowledged outstanding Sun Well Solar technical team from CMC with their contribution and performance in Switzerland and CMC's remarkable sourcing ability for cost effective raw materials. Mr. Kruger is certain about the success of Sun Well Solar and its expected leading position in the thin-film PV industry.


Date : 2012/10/3 ~ 2012/10/5


2008.11.04 Company established and ground breaking

First TUV-Rheinland certificate of thin film PV in Taiwan
2008.11.04 TUV certificate awarded (IEC-61730)