Air Products has signed a letter of intent to provide gases to Best Solar’s new thin-film photovoltaic facility (PV).

The company intends to provide liquid bulk and on-site gases to China’s Best Solar Hi Tech Co., Ltd, which is building the new thin-film photovoltaic facility in Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, China.

When it comes on-stream at its full capacity, it will have an annual solar module manufacturing capacity of 330 MW at Phase 1, using amorphous silicon thin-film technology.

The LOI between Air Products and Best Solar includes the long-term supply of hydrogen, nitrogen, helium and argon gases.

Late last year, Air Products also signed a turnkey gas supply contract to provide on-site, liquid bulk gases, specialty gases and gas equipment to Best Solar, which is also building a new thin-film PV facility in the Wuzhong Economic Development Park in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

The capacities of both Best Solar’s Suzhou and Nanchang facilities will be 330MW.

Corning Painter, Vice President and General Manager of Global Electronics for Air Products said, “We are proud to again be selected by Best Solar to support its PV facility in Nanchang in addition to our turnkey gas contract for its Suzhou’s facility. It is a great testimonial of our supply capabilities and leadership position in the PV market.”

Air Products supplied more than 20 new projects in the Asia region in 2008, serving both the crystalline and thin-film PV markets.

The outlook for 2009 remains just as bright, as the company anticipates worldwide demand for gases, materials and equipment for PV manufacture to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

Best Solar’s thin-film PV modules, which convert sunlight directly into electricity, will be manufactured in much the same way as thin-film transistor-liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD). As one of the leading suppliers to the TFT-LCD industry, Air Products is ideally suited to supply the new facility.