Asia: Air Liquide signs 10 new PV contracts

The latest contracts make the group the supplier of over 120 PV customers worldwide, with an overall manufacturing capacity above 13,000 MWp per year; around 50 percent of the worldwide production capacity.

In Yixing, Jiangsu Province, China, Air Liquide has just signed a long-term agreement for the turnkey supply of gases and precursors, equipment and installation, and on-site services, to Guodian Solar, a subsidiary of the Guodian Group, said to be one of the five leading power groups in the country.

In Shanghai, China, it has further developed its existing supply relationship with crystalline silicon cell manufacturer Suntech Power, by signing a contract for the long-term supply of nitrogen, equipment and on-site services to its new production fab.

In Kansai, Japan, Air Liquide has entered into a long-term agreement to supply silane gas to a manufacturer of high-efficiency silicon thin film solar cells, thus supporting the un-named comapny’s current ramp plans to double its capacity.

Francisco Martins, vice president of World Business Line Electronics of the Air Liquide Group, commented: “Air Liquide continues to reinforce its number one position as supplier of photovoltaic industry leaders, through innovative, cost-efficient and reliable gases supply solutions.

“These recent contracts in Asia confirm the competitiveness of Air Liquide’s offer and its permanent alignment with customer’s cost reduction road maps. The photovoltaic activity is at the crossroads of Energy and the Environment and requires High Tech solutions, three growth drivers for the Air Liquide Group.”

The Asia-Pacific region now hosts more than 70 percent of the solar cells produced in the world, estimated to surpass 10 GWp in 2010.