Taiwan: TSMC to enter thin film PV market with construction of R&D Center and Fab

This project, stated the company, is laying the foundation for the its entry into the thin film photovoltaics (PV) market.

The company has said it plans to invest USD$258 million for the first phase of the center and fab, which is scheduled for equipment move-in in the second quarter of next year. It is hoped an initial production volume of 200 MW (megawatts) will be achieved per year in thin film PV modules in 2012.

The total area for the facility is said to be 5.2 hectares, with a building area of 110,000 square meters and a production area of 78,000 square meters.

TSMC added that it also plans to add a second phase to the facility and expand production to more than 700 MW, employing around 2,000 total staff in the facility.

“TSMC’s New Businesses team has reached many important milestones since it was formed last year, first with our LED facility in Hsinchu, and now with construction in Taichung on our first solar facility,” commented TSMC chairman and CEO Dr. Morris Chang. “In addition, construction of this solar R&D center and fab, along with our Fab 15 Gigafab next to it, means Taichung’s Central Taiwan Science Park will become home to much of TSMC’s most advanced and innovative production.”