China-based solar manufacturer GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI) has commenced operation at its 600MW solar cell plant in Vietnam.
In January, GCL-SI made an undisclosed investment in Vina Cell Technology in exchange for using latter's facilities in Vietnam, reported Renewablesnow.com. This agreement enabled GCL-SI to gain an immediate access to 330MW of capacity, which included use of Vina's passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) facilities.
The new solar cell facility will support GCL-SI to cater to international markets.
GCL-SI, which is a subsidiary of a subsidiary of Golden Concord Ltd, is now focusing on promoting its global competitiveness and improving its brand image in international markets.
GCL-SI president Shu Hua said: "GCL's high-efficiency PERC production line in Vietnam, based on the localised management, will offer a strong support to the high-efficient cell supply and contribute to cost-down, as well as voiding anti-dumping issues."
The company has recently been working on optimising the efficiency of Polysilicon PERC products. At the beginning of this year, it achieved an average efficiency of 20.3% for Black Silicon PERC products.
The result is expected to cross 20.5% by the end of this year. The average power output for this model is around 290W.
Image: GCL-VINA CELL 600MW high-efficient cell production ceremony. Photo: courtsey of GCL System/PR Newswire.