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Semi-Conductor Manufacturer to start Solar Cell Manufacturing

SMIC To Begin Volume Production of Solar Cells in April

Amy Lee, Taipei; Rodney Chan, DigiTimes.com [Monday 27 March 2006]

Richard Chang, president and CEO of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), has revealed that the China-based foundry will begin volume production of solar cells made from recycled wafers next month.

SMICs solar cell products have received validation from clients in Europe, and the company is also awaiting product validation from other clients in Japan, Chang said, adding SMICs production of solar cells is expected to reach 10 megawatts-peak (MWp) in 2006.

He said since SMIC started operations, the company has accumulated a stock of more than 300,000 recyclable wafers, which provide a sufficient and low-cost supply of materials for the solar cell production.

Chang said China is in a good position to develop the solar cell industry because of its rich resources of quartz, a key material for the making of silicon wafers.

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