Longi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd has big plans. In the near future, it wants to manufacture 400 GW of monocrystalline silicon ingots and 200 GW of wafers per year. To get to those numbers – four times bigger than the whole solar industry today – the company partly wants to build factories in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. These manufacturing facilities will be powered by solar, and fed with ocean water and desert sand as inputs – with solar modules and desalinated water as output.
Cells after soldering at a Longi production facility. The company has already shipped more than 4 GW of solar modules in the first half of 2018, and is now the third largest solar module manufacturer globally.
Image: Longi Solar
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