Emcore and San’an Optoelectronics Start Terrestrial CPV Joint Venture

Emcore of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, and San’an Optoelectronics of Xiamen, China, signed a joint venture agreement. The agreement is to start Suncore Photovoltaics to develop, manufacture, and distribute GaAs-based concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) receivers, modules, and systems for terrestrial applications. Suncore has an exclusive license from Emcore to manufacture Emcore’s current and future CPV receivers, modules and systems in China for terrestrial solar power.

Emcore will own 40 percent of the venture, and San’an Optoelectronics will own 60 percent. The chairman of San’an Optoelectronics, Mr. Xiucheng Lin, will serve as Sucore’s chairman, and Dr. Charlie Wang, current senior vice president of Emcore, will be the Suncore’s general manager. All CPV related operational activities at San’an and Emcore’s Langfang, China facility will be transferred to Suncore.

Suncore’s primary manufacturing operations will be located in Wuhu city, Anhui province of China. Wuhu city’s economic development organization agreed to provide lands, subsidies, grants, and other economic incentives for Suncore. Suncore will be Emcore’s primary low-cost / high-volume manufacturing base for CPV receivers incorporating Emcore’s CPV solar cells, and for CPV modules and systems for both Emcore’s and San’an’s worldwide sales efforts.

Suncore will first begin production of 12-MW of CPV systems for San’an’s current customers and 2-MW of CPV components for projects sourced by Emcore. Additionally, Emcore and San’an are pursuing multiple CPV project opportunities, including the recently-announced Chinese government project for 280-MW solar energy in six western regions of China.