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Cyberjaya News & Articles : Q-Cells Launches New Test Field Of Solar Showcase In Cyberjaya
Posted by admin on 2011/12/8 7:40:00 (2467 reads) News by the same author
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Thu, Dec 8, 2011

Q-Cell Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Q-Cells SE, one of the world’s leading photovoltaic company today launched a new test field of solar showcase at its premises in Selangor Science Park 2, Cyberjaya.

The solar showcase which comprises various Q- Cell solar technologies; monocrystalline, multicrystalline and CIGS thin-film modules with an overall capacity of up to 18 kWp was launched by Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir.

Speaking to the reporters later, Mukhriz said, Malaysia with its abundance of sunlight was in an excellent position to make solar PV a very viable form of generating energy and also reach out to other markets in Asia.

"To date the total investment in the PV industries is RM15.8 billion; RM14.7 billion (93 per cent) from foreign investment and RM1.1 billion (seven per cent) from domestic market." It has also created 14,000 job opportunities since 2007, Mukhriz said.

Q-Cells Malaysia Managing Director, Frank Vollmann, said the German company which was set up in Malaysia in mid 2008 to produce high quality multicrystalline solar cell, currently had a production capacity of 670 MWp.

Its investment todate stands at RM1.5 billion.

"Now our goal is to ramp it up. Next year we estimate producing 770 MW to 800 MW and the next stage would be to take it up to 1GW, that’s only possible by new technology and new innovational equipment that we would invest in the future," said Vollmann.

Meanwhile, Senior Vice President Q-Cell SE, Hannes Behacker, said with the recent implementation of the Feed in Tariff (FIT) programme, they expect a real surge in PV installation on the local market as well as to establish Malaysia as the regional hub in the Asia Pacific/ Middle East region with markets as different as Japan, Australia, India and the Emirates.

"Q-Cells Malaysia is set to be the regional sales hub. With production and distribution from Malaysia, this means shorter delivery time, less transportation costs as well as technical expertise and support readily available at short notice," he added.

--- Source: Bernama on Yahoo! News

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