Air Products has announced it has begun supplying bulk and specialty gases to Taiwan-based solar energy company, Green Energy Technology (GET).

The contract between Air Products and GET calls for long-term supply of nitrogen, as well as silane and the requisite gas delivery equipment and piping, to GET’s new thin-film photovoltaic (PV) production facility in Kuanyin Industrial Park, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

GET has built a generation 8.5 large-sized thin-film PV plant in Kuanyin Industrial Park.

The company plans to reach an annual capacity of 30 megawatts in the first quarter of 2009, and reach 50 megawatts by the end of 2009.

Corning Painter, Air Products’ Taiwan-based Vice President and General Manager of the Global Electronics Division said, “Air Products is very excited to be working with GET as their gas supply partner, and we feel our expertise and complete turnkey offerings will enable a fast ramp up to meet the company’s growth plans.”

Last year, Air Products’ photovoltaic business won more than 20 new contracts in Asia serving both crystalline and thin-film PV markets.

Painter added, “We continue to work on new offerings to drive down our customer’s cost per watt with innovative technical, product and equipment solutions. We are also positioned to meet the growth needs of our customers around the world, especially in Asia.”

GET’s thin-film PV modules, which convert sunlight directly into electricity, will be manufactured in much the same way as TFT-LCDs.

As one of the leading suppliers to the TFT-LCD industry, Air Products considers it is ideally suited to supply the new facility.

Painter continued, “Our strong supply position in the TFT-LCD market, coupled with our comprehensive low-cost, turnkey offerings specifically designed for photovoltaic customers, has enabled Air Products to grow with this emerging industry.”