Friday, March 14, 2008

More Singapore solar milestones

A few more solar milestones for Singapore's burgeoning solar industry have been achieved (see previous posts on Singapore's solar scene here and here):

Norwegian solar wafer manufacturer, NorSun, is the latest major solar company to announce plans to set up shop in Singapore. Norsun plans to build a US$300 million mono-crystalline solar wafer manufacturing facility, which will be NorSun's largest production centre in the world. The facility is expected to produce at least 120 million mono-crystalline wafers every year and will account for 60% of NorSun's global output, making it its biggest facility. The first phase of the new plant in Singapore is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2010 and is expected to require 300 new hires.

The Norsun news comes close on the heels of last month's announcement that a National Research Institute on Solar Energy. More importantly, Singapore lured world renown solar expert
Professor Joachim Luther, former director of the renown Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems - Europe's largest solar energy R&D institute - to head NRISE for an initial two-year tenure. This research and educational component is an important ingredient in the solar ecology that the tiny island-city hopes to build up.

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