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REC opts for centrotherm photovoltaics high volume production systems to upgrade existing production lines in Singapore

editor, 28 February 2013

REC, a leading global provider of solar electricity solutions, has placed an order with centrotherm for their high-throughput diffusion systems for its complete 740 megawatt (MW) solar production line in Singapore. Having successfully integrated centrotherm diffusion technology into one of its production lines REC has decided to equip and upgrade all remaining lines at its site in Asia. centrotherm photovoltaics won out against its competitors with its 5-chamber diffusion furnace, which not only offers outstanding phosphorus diffusion capabilities, but also enables the reliable implementation of higher resistance emitters on a low-cost basis. The throughput-optimized tube furnace is purposely designed to meet the stringent demands of mass solar cell production and offers excellent process performance and stability. This equipment order is valued in a higher single-digit million Euro range.

With this step, REC will develop the next generation of high-performance solar cells and modules, for the growing global solar market. REC's solar modules were ranked as test-winners in terms of module output with lowest degradation over time, according to data provided by PHOTON Laboratory in 2012.

"centrotherm can deliver persuasively to globally leading manufacturers as its solutions and products in the solar cell area guarantee a high level of process security and system performance, consequently enabling the manufacturing of state-of-the-art products”, notes Dr. Josef Haase, CEO of centrotherm cell & module, before going to add: “centrotherm’s leading production technology paired with the outstanding local support capabilities from the centrotherm Singapore office offered the decisive benefit."

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