Digitimes has reported that Taiwanese solar cell and module producer Solartech Energy is increasing its PERC capacity from 60 MW up to 240 MW this year. The PERC upgrades will deliver multicrystalline cell conversion efficiencies of 18.8%.
Driving the expansion is demand for PERC cells from Europe, China and Japan. The company reports that its production capacity is currently fully subscribed and that it will outsource production as of July, due to booming orders.
Earlier this month Solartech announced that it would expand production to Malaysia. It has taken a 42% stake in Malaysian cell producer Tek Seng Holdings. This is line with a number of Chinese and Taiwanese cell and module producers expanding production in Southeast Asia, largely on the back of tariffs imposed on exports to the EU and U.S. markets.
Solartech reports that Tek Seng currently operates two 80 MW cell lines, with one running at full capacity, and the other currently undergoing trials.