In Beijing last week, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. signed an investment cooperation agreement with Huangpi District Government of Wuhan, Hubei Province. Under the terms of the agreement, Hanergy will invest in a 10MW Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) thin-film solar cell, R&D, and manufacturing facility. Hanergy will construct the facility in Huangpi Linkong Industrial Park, which is located to the north of Wuhan City’s downtown and surrounded by Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.
Upon completion, Hanergy says that the facility will be the world’s largest GaAs production base. In the first phase of the project, Hanergy will build a 3MW production line wich will be the company’s GaAs thin-film solar cell R&D and manufacturing facility that Hanergy will construct. The company started supplying thin-film in mainland China after it acquired U.S. thin-film solar technology company Alta Devices on January 27, 2015.
The Huangpi District Government will construct factory buildings for lease by the project company and will promote Hanergy Thin Film’s solar products in the local market. The district plans to reach 600MW of installed solar capacity within two years after the agreement takes effect or install 100,000 sets of household thin-film arrays and 20,000 mu (1,333 hectares) of photovoltaic agricultural greenhouses.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the U.S. Department of Energy has certified that Hanergy Thin Film’s flexible GaAs technology has a conversion efficiency of 30.8%.
Hanergy contends that the technology is highest among the solar energy technologies currently available. A wide range of products can use GaAs solar cells including extensive consumer electronics, IoT systems, solar cars and phones, and unmanned aircraft systems.