Construction Begins On 1 GW HJT Module Fab In Turkey

EkoRE Starts Construction Of 1 GW Heterojunction Solar Module Fab In Turkey; May Expand Annual Production Capacity To 2 GW If Required
05:17 AM (Beijing Time) - 20. March 2019
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EkoRE has broken ground on a project which the company says will be Turkey's first vertically integrated solar module factory. The fab, which is said to produce HJT cells and modules, secured special project status under the country’s TRL 2.4 billion ($430 million) Project Based Investment Incentive Scheme. (Photo Credit: EkoRe/LinkedIn)

Key Takeaways

  • EkoRE has started construction of its 1 GW solar module fab in Turkey’s Nigde Bor Mixed Organized Industrial Zone
  • It plans to produce 60-cell HJT panels with 335 W and 60 cell HJT bifacial solar panels with 420 W here initially
  • Once finished, it will be the country’s first vertically integrated solar panel production facility manufacturing wafers, cells and modules, according to media reports
  • The company plans to export 80% of the production while catering to domestic demand

Turkey based renewable energy company EkoRE has started work on an advanced solar module factory in its home country with an annual production capacity of 1 GW. Ground breaking ceremony on the 1 GW integrated production facility in Nigde Bor Mixed Organized Industrial Zone started on March 11, 2019, the company announced on LinkedIn.

The company already provides project development, EPC and financial services for both large-scale and small-scale renewables segments. On its website, it lists JinkoSolar, Yingli Solar, among its module suppliers.

Coming up on 620 acres of land, the fab is planned to be the country’s first integrated solar panel production facility manufacturing wafers, cells and modules, according to Environment Africa Magazine. It plans to deploy heterojunction technology (HJT) with Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT) at the fab to be able to reduce the possibility of modules developing micro-cracks.

Initially, it will produce 60-cell HJT panels with 335 W power ratings and 60 cell HJT bifacial solar panels with 420 W. EkoRE says the location of the site with 620 acres at its disposal can accommodate an annual production capacity of 2 GW if required. As per the company’s strategy it plans to export 80% of its products in the long term along with catering to domestic demand.

EkoRE’s production facility was approved by the government under the country’s TRL 2.4 billion ($430 million) Project Based Investment Incentive Scheme that accorded it special project status.

In December 2018, Ates Ugurel of social enterprise Solarbaba based in Istanbul and Amsterdam revealed that HT-SAAE’s plans to produce 300 MW of solar panels and 300 MW of solar cells in the country, where it already has a 600 MW annual module production capacity and 300 MW cell capacity (see HT-SAAE: 600 MW PV Cell & Module Fab In Turkey).

Previously, Turkey’s Suoz Energy announced plans to shift its acquired solar cell factory with 80 MW capacity in Greece to Turkey, where the company already operates a 370 MW solar panel production fab (see Greek Solar Factory To Move To Turkey). Hanwha Q Cells has also been working to set up an integrated module fab in the country, following its winning the 1 GW PV tender held by the government (see Turkey Winner Of 1 GW PV Tender From Korea). However, the Hanwha QCells project got shelved.

 

Anu Bhambhani

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