Friday, February 8, 2008

More Solar Capacity: Spire to Engineer One of South Korea´s Most Advanced Turnkey Solar Manufacturing Lines

Via EuroInvestor:

Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules, cells, and wafers worldwide, today announced that it has received a contract from Dongyang Creditech Co. Ltd. located in South Korea to provide a photovoltaic module assembly line. Spire will provide Dongyang with a semi-automated crystalline cell module manufacturing line capable of producing up to 12 megawatts (MW) of solar modules per year.

Spire will supply the process technology
and training to operate the factory. The line is designed to be easily doubled at a later date and will integrate Spire´s key assembly, lamination, and testing machines along with intermediate tooling stations. According to a recent report from the South Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, South Korea is poised to enter the global solar market with domestically produced modules.

Exports of
solar-power related equipment have recently begun and have already risen from $45 million in 2006 to more than $180 million in 2007. This is projected to increase to $1.5 billion by 2020 and to more than $6.3 billion by 2030. Government projections also indicate that South Korea will generate some 4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity through solar power by 2020. "The South Korean solar market is in the early stages of a capacity boom...MORE