Suncore JV commences production of 50 MW plant in China
The partnership involves the use of Emcore’s III-V multi-junction solar cells. Suncore has begun production of the modules for the solar farm
The joint venture between Emcore Corporation and San'an Optoelectronics, known as Suncore Photovoltaics, has begun production of CPV modules in its facility located in Huainan, China.
To celebrate the completion of the Phase-I construction, a grand opening ceremony was held on February 21, 2012.
Suncore was founded in July 2010, and broke ground to start construction of the current facility in February 2011. The current production facility in Huainan is the first phase of its three-phase construction and business growth plan. Now with Phase I having been completed, Suncore has an annual production capacity of 200 MW CPV modules using a highly automated production line.
Suncore has begun production against its 50 MW purchase order for an installation in Golmud, China. Once completed, this project will be the largest CPV installation in the world.
"Given the current macroeconomic environment for photovoltaics, we believe China is emerging as the most promising market for CPV solar power in the world," says Christopher Larocca, Chief Operating Officer of Emcore.
Larocca adds, "Suncore's initial 50 MW purchase order is a testament to the demand for CPV in China, and we firmly believe that Suncore's cost model will allow Suncore to aggressively compete in the photovoltaic market there and around the world. Emcore is very proud to be supplying the highest efficiency terrestrial solar cells currently in production for this milestone project."
"This is an exciting milestone for Emcore Corporation, San'an Optoelectronics and Suncore. With the strong support from San'an, Emcore, and the local regional government, Suncore completed the facility construction and commenced production at its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in one year," comments Charlie Wang, President and CEO of Suncore Photovoltaics.
"Suncore has also made tremendous progress developing solar projects in China. Through close collaboration with our business partners, Suncore is well positioned to be the dominant CPV supplier in China for commercial and power utility applications by offering a long-term cost-effective product to our customers," concludes Wang.