New details emerge on Spanish 5 GW solar panel factory


A few weeks ago, pv magazine reported on the construction of a 5 GW vertically integrated PERC module factory in Seville, southern Spain.

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) is supporting the project as an adviser. It will oversee everything from factory planning to the joint development of advanced cell technologies, mainly by providing technical support. Furthermore, Germany-based engineering company Bosch Rexroth, a subsidiary of the better-known Robert Bosch conglomerate, is in charge of planning and designing the factory.

pv magazine contacted Greenland Capital and it confirmed a “major expansion of its headquarters in the free port of Seville.” However, it did not comment on its relationship with the module factory.

Greenland Giga Factory lists the Seville City Council as a partner in the project, and pv magazine is also listed as the first media outlet to have reported the news. The company's web portal also noted that it was launched in 2021 by Gerard Oostendorp, a native of the Netherlands.

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The construction of the complex will begin in December of this year. The production of panels, cells and wafers will begin in December 2023.

In the first phase, the factory will manufacture products based on PERC technology (22.5% efficiency). It will then switch to TopCon tech (23.5% efficiency) and, finally, to an unspecified tandem technology (> 29% efficiency). The company has yet to provide any additional details.

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