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Auria Solar receives TUV certification for micro-Si tandem thin-film PV

Nuying Huang, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES, 25 June 2009

Taiwan-based Auria Solar announced on June 24 that it has obtained certification from Germany-based TUV Rheinland for micromorphous silicon (micro-Si) tandem-junction thin-film PV modules and has kicked off volume production. Its micro-Si tandem-junction thin-film PV module has an energy conversion rate of 9% to generate 120 watts currently and the conversion rate is expected to rise to 10% to generate 130 watts by the end of 2009, according to company chairman and CEO CY Tsai. The conversion rate is expected to further increase to 11% in the first half of 2010, Tsai indicated.

Tsai said Auria currently has the world’s biggest capacity for such modules at 60MWp, and will expanded it to 200MWp in 2010. Its shipments are expected to reach 20MWp in the second half of 2009, Tsai said. Auria initially relied on turnkey solutions from outside technology sources, but it is now working towards becoming technologically independent, having obtained about 30 patents so far, Tsai said.