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Utility-scale solar thin-film farm in China

The China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) will build a 5 MW utility-scale solar thin-film power plant in Inner Mongolia.

CECEP will use silicon-based thin-film solar modules produced by ENN Solar Energy Co Ltd. The 5.7 m2 tandem junction solar thin-film modules are being produced on an Applied Materials SunFab line.

“The 5 MW solar farm that CECEP plans to build in Inner Mongolia, using Applied’s SunFab technology, will be the largest thin-film, utility-scale solar farm in China when completed,” says Li Junfeng, Director of the Energy Research Institute of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission.

Applied Materials and CECEP cooperation

In addition to using thin-film solar modules produced on an Applied Materials’ SunFab line, the two companies have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the development and deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

“With China’s growing energy needs, our relationship with CECEP represents a great opportunity to promote sustainable energy development through the optimal use of renewable energy generation with solar power,” says Mark Pinto, Executive Vice President and Corporate Technology Officer at Applied Materials.

CECEP is a state-owned Chinese enterprise specialising in energy conservation and environmental protection since 1998.

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