Pufin Power gets 200-MWp cell order from Trina Solar
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Netherlands-based firm Pufin Power BV said on Tuesday it would supply more than 200 MWp of its polycrystalline silicon solar cells to Chinese photovoltaics (PV) maker Trina Solar Ltd (NYSE:TSL).
The equipment, which will be manufactured in the Dutch Solland Solar Cells, will be used mainly in the production of PV modules for the US market, according to the press release.
The current deal will run through July 2016, with an option for Trina Solar to extend the contract and consequently the amount of solar cells to be purchased.
This is the first agreement between Trina Solar and an European PV cell manufacturer, Pufin Power CEO, Massimo Pugliese, noted. “Thanks to anti-dumping policies such as that adopted by the European Union (EU) and mainly by the US government, I'm finally reaching results beyond my expectations with forecast additional investments that will increase the production capacity of PV cells in Solland Solar Cells from the current 180 MWp/year to more than 300 MWp/year,” he added.
In the meantime, Pufin Power has plans to expand its module production capacity significantly. It will do so through its Italian affiliate EL.ITAL and French affiliate Elifrance or by acquiring new factories. In addition, the firm will kick off polycrystalline silicon production at its Solland Silicon (Merano - IT) plant next September.