SULZEMOOS, GERMANY: Singapore based Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of TecDAX listed Phoenix Solar AG, Germany, has completed Singapore’s largest photovoltaic plant built with thin-film modules with a peak output of 380 kilowatts (kWp) on the new company building of Applied Materials Inc. in Singapore.
The thin-film modules used in construction are the world’s largest, with a surface area of 5.7 square metres. In addition to the 380 kWp large-scale tandem modules, the Phoenix team also used 4.8 kWp of semi-transparent thin-film modules along with 14.4 kWp multi-crystalline modules, which brings the plant's peak output to around 400 kilowatts in total.
Applied Materials’ 32,000 square metre operations centre serves as a hub for the company’s activities throughout Asia. The building has been rated Green Mark Platinum by Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority and will be inaugurated today, 13 April 2010.
The photovoltaic modules were manufactured in Germany and China using the so-called “SunFab Thin Film Line“, a production line developed by Applied Materials. This fully integrated thin-film production line is suitable for either single junction or tandem junction thin-film modules and, with modules measuring 2.2 m x 2.6 metres, can produce the world’s largest and most powerful mass-produced thin film solar modules. These large modules lower the installation costs as assembly is swifter and save on mounting materials.
“At approximately 105 kg and yet only 8 mm thick, handling and installing these modules on the roof was a challenge. We are extremely proud of the entire project team for their innovative engineering solutions”, said Christophe Inglin, Managing Director of Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd.
“The new photovoltaic system on our roof is an excellent showcase for our SunFab technology - and is accessible to anyone who visits our new Singapore Operations Centre”, commented Russel Tham, President of Applied Materials South East Asia. “Phoenix Solar installed the system in a matter of weeks and with the highest level of professionalism. We are very pleased with the result.”