The Changzhou-based company today announced the existence of a 1 GW fab in northern China that it jointly developed “recently” with state-owned module manufacturer Shanxi Lu’An Photovoltaics Technology Co Ltd.
pv magazine has contacted Seraphim for more details about the cost of the facility, the proportion of ownership between it and its state-owned partner, the nature of its output and whether it will launch with a full 1 GW annual capacity.
The Seraphim statement said the Shanxi plant is due to open in early May and was an example of public-private partnership working. “The partnership with Seraphim marks the cooperation between state-owned and private enterprises to link upstream and downstream supply chains”, said Deng Ming, chairman of Lu’An Photovoltaics Tech.
The development appears to cement Seraphim’s commitment to half-cut cells, with the Chinese manufacturer having announced a switch to that form of technology when it revealed plans in December to raise the production capacity of its 300 MW module factory in South Africa’s Eastern Cape by a further 200 MW. Seraphim at the same time announced its intent to establish a 500 MW cell fab near Port Elizabeth in South Africa, with both schemes set to be operational in the third quarter of this year.