U.S. thin-film solar panel company Sunflare will expand its Chinese manufacturing facility with new equipment

Swedish solar energy company Midsummer has received an order from Sunflare for equipment for the production of thin-film solar cells worth over $7 million. The production equipment will be installed at a new solar panel factory in China, which will open next year. Production of the equipment begins in 2019 at Midsummer’s factory in Järfälla, outside of Stockholm, and delivery will be made to customers later in 2019.

“We are pleased to receive this very significant order for production equipment,” said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB. “The type of flexible thin-film solar cells that Midsummer develops production equipment for, is coming into increasing demand worldwide, not least because of its low weight and flexibility which fits well in urban environments. They are also produced in an environmentally friendly manner with simplicity of installation.”

“The demand for our products in the U.S. has exceeded our expectations and we rapidly need to expand our production capacity with the help of our established partner Midsummer,” said Philip Gao, CEO, Sunflare. “Our new products, including our modern design driven solar roof shingle, have attracted a lot of attention in the industry. We are keen on delivering innovative solar in applications that have been largely unserved. The market is facing strong growth and we are very well positioned to capture a big portion of it.”

Sunflare, with global headquarters in La Verne, California, is a provider of flexible mass-produced CIGS thin-film solar cells, which are especially suitable for weak roofs and new roofs for private homes and offices. Manufacturing takes place in China and the company focuses primarily on the Californian market.

Midsummer is a developer and supplier of advanced solar energy technology solutions for the production and installation of thin-film solar panels. The unique DUO system has taken the position as the most widely distributed manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells in the world.

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