Construction of 500 MW PV manufacturing facility in Turkey started
The new production facility is the result of the Karapinar Renewable Energy Resource Area (“YEKA”) tender, which the Turkish government had awarded to the consortium of Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji in March 2017. In addition to the manufacturing facility, Hanwha-Kalyon joint venture will also establish an on-site R&D center to carry out various R&D projects in solar technology. The manufacturing facility will be fully integrated including ingot, wafer, cell and module production. Once completed, the modules produced by this facility will be used for the construction of the 1,000 MW (AC) solar power plant to be built in Konya-Karapinar, Turkey, the largest single-site plant in the world.
High efficiency solar cells
Hanwha Q CELLS will implement its proprietary Q.ANTUM high efficiency solar cell technology. Q.ANTUM technology boosts the real life yields from a solar system, by applying a passivation layer on the solar cells back side (PERC), by adding various technological features, like Hot-Spot Protection and TRA.Q laser marking and by controlling the various degradation effects (PID, LID, LeTID). Hanwha Q CELLS has vast experience in the PERC cell technology and reached the milestone of 1 billion mass produced Q.ANTUM solar cells in the summer of 2017.
Push for renewable energy
“Today, we lay the foundation for the future of energy technologies and enrich renewable alternative energy sources in Turkey”, says Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “The YEKA project is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today, and can only be realized by the high competencies and expertise of Hanwha Q CELLS, a global leader in solar power, and Kalyon, a leader in construction and infrastructure projects.”
Seongwoo Nam, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS said “Hanwha Q CELLS is proud to be joining forces with the government of the Republic of Turkey and Kalyon Enerji. We will contribute with our manufacturing expertise as well as our technology leadership. We are fully committed to execute this YEKA project successfully, leveraging the combined competencies of Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji and to make it an important milestone on Turkey´s path towards sustainable energy supply for the people of Turkey.” (HCN)
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