November 20, 2007 – M+W Zander says it has received an order from Solsonica SpA, a spinoff from backend semiconductor manufacturing services provider EEMS SpA, to partially retrofit an existing semiconductor manufacturing facility into a PV cell manufacturing plant. Work will include installing gas and chemical distributions systems to upgrading the systems for electricity, and distribution of compressed air and demineralized water.
Based on Solsonica’s plans, it wants to produce polysilicon solar cells with a 3500 sq. m production floorspace and another 2000 sq. m of service area at its site in Reiti, about 80km north of Rome. Tool move-in and commissioning is scheduled for January 2008, with production targeted to start in mid-2008 at initial annual production of 30MWp/year; subsequent planned expansions will increase capacity to 120MWp/year.
Framing the scope of the expansion, M+W Zander in a statement cited data from market research institute EuPD Research projecting Italy’s photovoltaic peak capacity will increase by 150MWp in 2008.