Chinese PV glass maker sets up shop in Dubai

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Chinese PV glass manufacturer Chang Zhou Almaden Ltd. has agreed to open a new photovoltaic glass manufacturing and training facility in the emirate.

The company, one of the world’s biggest producers of PV anti-reflective coated glass, last month signed an agreement with the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority to build the new 15,000-square-meter factory at the Dubai Silicon Oasis Integrated Free Zone Technology Park. Budgeted at AED 110 million ($30 million) and set to be completed early next year, the Almaden facility is designed to produce up to 400,000 PV panels annually.

The plant will produce specialized super thin dual glass PV panels to suit the desert climate, especially for residential buildings, car parking areas, green houses, roof tops and solar farms. The complex will also host a state-of-the-art training center aimed at raising awareness about green energy and sustainable solutions for the MENA region.

Mohammad Alzarooni, vice chairman and CEO of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, said, "We welcome Chang Zhou Almaden to the hi-tech park and look forward to a symbiotic partnership with the world’s largest producer of anti-reflective glass. The Middle East is rapidly gaining international attention as an emerging market for solar energy. This has led to high uptake for innovative technologies."

Chang Zhou Almaden Chairman Jinxi Lin added, "Solar is definitely the energy source for the future and although there are huge challenges facing the industry, we believe Almaden will create an impact on the market with our improved eco-friendly technology, competitive pricing and quality standards."

Lin said the company’s ultra-thin dual glass PV panel had been especially designed for the hot summers of the Middle East, allowing minimal power loss in high humidity and high temperature environments.

Founded in 2006, Almaden has produced glass for more than 18 GW of solar modules worldwide. The company says it will next launch its new ultrathin, physically tempered solar glass (thickness ? 2 mm), as well as anti-reflective coated solar glass and anti-glaring electronic glass.