The module line from Schmid is able to manufacture 60-cell modules and both mono- as well as multi-crystalline modules. Furthermore the module lines also offer the possibility to manufacture glass-glass modules. For the fast ramp-up of new module lines at customer sites, Schmid already certifies production steps, materials and modules in its own technology center. The Germany-based manfuacturer did not provide the name of the client in Turkey though. The client will receive the 150 MWp total module lines later this year.
Günter Bauer, Vice President of Schmids module business unit, predicts business success for Turkish module manufacturers, "They benefit from an attractive local market and the easy access to Middle Eastern and South-Western Asian markets. Furthermore with the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese modules, their market position in Europe is improving."
The worldwide photovoltaic equipment market statistics have been rather sombre of late as the SEMI report in April this year showed. Analysts remain divided over when the market upturn will happen.
Meanwhile Turkey is emerging slowly as a market with potential for PV. The first licensing round for PV projects larger than 1 MW in Turkey was exceeded by almost 15 times as reported by pv magazine. Photovoltaic module manufacturers have also been active in the Turkish market with China Sunergy opening a module plant recently.