Hanwha Q CELLS – Kalyon Enerji Joint
Venture Starts Construction of 500 MW Fully Integrated Photovoltaic Manufacturing Facility in Turkey
- Official ground-breaking ceremony attended by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Minister of Energy and National Resources Berat Albayrak on Thursday, December 21, 2017
- 500 MW of fully integrated photovoltaic manufacturing facility together with on-site R&D center
- Solar modules from the manufacturing facility to equip 1,000 MW YEKA solar power plant
[December 22, 2017] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: HQCL), one of the world's largest photovoltaic manufacturers of high-quality, high-efficiency solar modules, announced that it held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 500 MW of fully integrated photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey on December 21, 2017.
The new production facility is result of the Karapinar Renewable Energy Resource Area ("YEKA") tender, which the Turkish government had awarded to the consortium of Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji in March 2017. In addition to the manufacturing facility, Hanwha-Kalyon joint venture will also establish on-site R&D center to carry out various R&D projects in solar technology. The manufacturing facility will be fully integrated from ingot, wafer, cell and module processes, and once completed, the module produced from this facility will be used for the construction of the 1,000 MW (AC) solar power plant to be built in Konya-Karapinar, Turkey, the largest single-site plant in the world.
Hanwha Q CELLS will implement its proprietary Q.ANTUM high efficiency solar cell technology. Q.ANTUM technology boosts the real life yields from a solar system, by applying a passivation layer on the solar cells back side (PERC), by adding various technological features, like Hot-Spot Protection and TRA.Q laser marking and by controlling the various degradation effects (PID, LID, LeTID). Hanwha Q CELLS has vast experience in the PERC cell technology and reached the milestone of 1 billion mass production of Q.ANTUM solar cells in the summer of 2017.
"Today, we lay the foundation for the future of energy technologies and enrich renewable alternative energy sources in Turkey", says Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. "YEKA project is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today, and can only be realized by high competencies and expertise by Hanwha Q CELLS, a global leader in solar power, and Kalyon, a leader in construction and infrastructure projects."
Seongwoo Nam, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS said "Hanwha Q CELLS is proud to be joining forces with the government of the Republic of Turkey and Kalyon Enerji. We will contribute our manufacturing expertise as well as our technology leadership. We are fully committed to execute this YEKA project successfully leveraging combined competencies of Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji and to make it an important milestone on Turkey's path towards sustainable energy supply for the people of Turkey."
Hanwha Qcells is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, recognized for its established reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules, portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and growing international pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects. Hanwha Qcells also provides renewable electricity retail services and packages to end customers the world over. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ), Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) and San Francisco, USA (Energy Storage/Inverter & Software HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Hanwha Qcells strives to offer completely clean energy through the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, storage solutions, renewable electricity contracting and large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, Hanwha Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets.
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Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has more than 85 domestic affiliates and over 380 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 65 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses.
For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com
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