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Masdar Gets Cracking on Solar Factory

Masdar has broken ground in its first solar panel factory, a $230 million thin-film plant in Ichtershusen, Germany that is part of the company’s $2 billion investment in thin-film production.

The factory will make panels of amorphous silicon on equipment from Santa Clara, CA’s Applied Materials, so the project will somewhat span the globe. Applied Materials’ equipment will also appear in Masdar City (pictured above) at its 140 MW factory, which will be up and running towards the end of 2010.

The German-based factory will open towards the end of next year, and will be able to the best site on line pharmacy produce 70 MWs worth of panels each year. This will be just the start of Masdar’s solar panel production. The company plans to hit 1 GW of annual production by 2014.

Via Nanotechnology Now

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written by Patrick, August 26, 2008
I wonder what base cost per Watt they'll be selling for. I'd hate to see massive investments in technology that isn't cost effective.
written by solarman, August 27, 2008
they will be selling at First Solar prices, as their cost of production will be similiar
written by Nikita Kondraskov, August 27, 2008
@ Patrick cost effectiveness is an inferior factor, if you are human. People buy a lot of stuff, just because it makes them feel better.

The factory in Ichtershusen is surely subsidized in some way, because German politicians like to spend money on big projects that get a lot of discussion in the press.
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written by Adam, August 27, 2008
Its great seeing other countries taking these kind of steps. Unfortunately, someone else has to prove that there is money to be made before the tramadol medication online tramadol medication United States will jump on the bandwagon.

I hope they make a mint.
written by Mumia, August 30, 2008
Costeffectivity is hard to calculate, if you try and calculate it on oil as it looks today, you would very fast figure out that the risk of trying to get oil out of order female viagra states that are higly unstable and prone to war would be very much over the top of what most companies would accept.
I am not sure what the projected life span of these thin film cells are, so it is hard too to calculate. The old fashion cells with silicium and hard frames lives for 20 years plus, losing only around 5-15 % of the watt along the way so they can pay themselves off in like 15 years if nothing goes terrible wrong, giving you 5 years of free power after that, but compared to say a small 2kwh windmill its lousy, the windmill can pay itself off in like 3-8 years depending on best online generic levitra how much wind you got in your area.
The thin film cells are much less effective but can be made cheaper, but they still need more surface, so if you have plenty of surface space, no problem, if you have limited space like a normal house roof, problem. So I guess that they will not be sold to private use, unless you count in applications like surface on smart bags and on the back of mobile phones which is cool and all, but not really doing much to power your microwave oven or your vacum cleaner.
But still, its power not made from burning fossile fuel, and hence not polluting so in the end its a small step towards a world of clean air.
Now if we could only get the price on those cells to drop like 80%, then we would be covering every roof with them...
Biggest problem I see is the viagra soft tabs canada 1 GW, now is that in 12v or in 240v, cus if its in 12v its only 50MW in 240v, or the same as what you could get from around 5 big vestas windmills placed the in the right location with high wind, and they do not cost 2 billion dollars......

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