GT Advanced Technologies agrees furnace supply deal in Qatar

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Diversified technology company GT Advanced Technologies has announced this week an agreement to supply its HiCz 200 monocrystalline furnace to Qatar Solar Energy’s (QSE) 300 MW PV manufacturing project in Doha, Qatar.

The HiCz is a next-generation continuous feeding puller technology that GT Advanced Technology claim can help propel the solar industry into a higher efficiency, lower cost solar future. Its selection by QSE for Qatar’s flagship PV production facility is subject to the receipt of government approval and financing, but GT’s solar business executive vice president Dave Keck is confident that the equipment order will be finalized.

"We are pleased that GT has been selected to supply its HiCz 200 monocrystalline furnace to QSE," he said. "This is an exciting opportunity for GT to have our leading edge HiCz technology selected to be a part of the first vertically integrated PV manufacturing facility in the MENA region.

"The GT HiCz 200 furnace is expected to produce high quality n-type wafers for solar cells with efficiencies that exceed 22%." The HiCz can also produce p-type monocrystalline ingots – a flexibility that appealed to QSE’s growth plans, with the company revealing that it hopes to increase the production capacity of its integrated facility to 2.5 GW.

The facility was opened earlier this week and is intended to focus its attentions on the world’s "sunbelt regions". QSE has also established supply partnerships with Meyer Burger, Eurotron and Teamtechnik in an effort to bring experience and expertise to a region still finding its feet in the solar PV industry.