Centrosolar establishes PV AR coating line in China

The AR coating – used to cover crystalline photovoltaic modules – will be produced at a partner company, which has been operating a glass melting furnace there on behalf of Centrosolar Glas GmbH & Co. KG since 2009.

Currently the German company exports AR glass grades from its production plant in Fürth, Germany, to destinations including the U.S. and the Far East. However, due to high shipping costs, it says it has not yet been possible to "adequately" tap the market potential in Asia.

The new production line has an annual capacity of 1.8 million square meters. Centrosolar explains that it will now be able to supply its product to customers in the Far East "with immediate effect".

It adds that there are no plans for imports into Europe, which will continue to be supplied by its Fürth plant.

Centrosolar management board chairman Alexander Kirsch commented: "The Asian market has become a very interesting prospect for our solar glass business. But in the long run it simply doesn’t make sense to ship coated panes of glass across the oceans.

"We are now much closer to our Asian customers. The partnership with a well-known, reliable partner for raw-glass production offers further advantages in terms of quality and costs."