AUO to showcase integrating position in solar supply chain at Italy’s SolarExpo
AU Optronics Corp. will exhibit at SolarExpo 2010 in Verona, Italy fromMay 5-7 to showcase products including high-efficiency EcoDuomono-crystalline solar modules, the popular EcoDuo PM220P00multi-crystalline solar modules, and ground-mounted systems for theItalian open fields market.
The SolarExpo is one of the mostnoted professional PV trade shows in the world. This year it boasts anincrease of 22.2% in the number of exhibitors over the previous session, surpassing SNEC in China and Intersolar in Germany to become one of the most well-known industry events.
AUO will exhibit ground-mounted systems designed specially for the Italian open fields market. Also,the Company will demonstrate its capability in providing quality "PVtotal solutions" with its extensive experiences in modules, powersystems and PV projects during the exhibition.
In addition, the230-250W EcoDuo mono-crystalline solar modules come in black or white to match conveniently with the design of buildings. Furthermore, each ofthem weighs 15 percent lighter than the same-sized modules on themarket, making installation much easier.
To deliver the productsin time, reduce carbon emission caused by transportation from Asia toEurope, and implement AUO’s Green Solutions, AUO established a solarmodule plant in Brno, Czech Republic, right in the center of theEuropean continent.
The plant will start mass production in thesecond quarter of this year and is expected to reach the capacity of100MW in 2011. Leveraging the Company’s strength in global deployment,AUO’s solar module plant in Brno is the first automated module plant inEurope(*) among Taiwanese companies. The production line is built withhighly-integrated automation system, which significantly increasesproduct precision. The quality of the solar modules is thereforeguaranteed, a safeguard choice for the European users.
Due to its profound experiences in employing high-precision TFT-LCD technologiesto the mass production of solar modules, AUO has become a frequentparticipant in the large-scale solar power system projects in Europe.The Company has applied its experiences in TFT-LCD production and yieldrate management to PV modules and vertically integrated all keytechnologies up and down the PV value chain, from polysilicon, solarmodule to PV system.
Unlike many others who still engage inmanual mode or low-end production, AUO is capable of offering solarmodules with longer lifetime and higher efficiency. Meanwhile in itsclean energy business, AUO now collaborates with M. Setek to obtainquality polysilicon and solar wafers on the upstream side to producesilicon solar modules which could achieve 25 years of power performance.
In addition to endeavors in PV materials, modules and systems, AUO hasalso performed brilliantly in managing solar projects. In Hungen City,Germany, the Company delivered 12,672 solar modules and set up a solarpark with its partners. The 2.9MWp solar-power plant is estimated tocreate Euro 16.79 million worth of electricity over its 20-yearoperation period, cutting 1,900 tons of CO2 emission each year.
AUO is currently in partnership with two major European industry players to develop open-field solar power system projects in Italy. It isestimated that the projects of PV systems will generate as much as 6.5MWp of electricity. The Company will continue to devote itself to theproduction of solar modules and integration of power systems whilejoining many more large-scale projects and PV investments.
AUOwill also closely co-operate with local dealers around the world todevelop a complete wholesale network of solar modules. The distributionsystem is expected to be established by the end of 2010.
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