As the solar cell maket continues to gather pace, Praxair Inc. has been chosen by Spain's Pevafersa Group as the supplier of gases, gas equipment and gas management services for the company's solar cell manufacturing facility in Toro, Spain.

Praxair will provide on-site supply of gases as well as gas delivery equipment and management services needed for the project, which will produce 120Mw of solar cells per year. The first phase of manufacturing is anticipated to begin in September 2008.

A leader in Spain, Praxair has a 25-year proven track record in the solar cell manufacturing sector, with research and development centres for semiconductors and renewable energies.

Pevafersa Maketing Director Enrique Garcia commented, “Pevafersa faces many challenges with the construction of our new solar cell manufacturing facility. Praxair brings experience and quality products and services necessary for a successful start-up.”

The Pevafersa Group was founded in Toro, Spain, by Vicente Fernández, over 10 years ago and is currently the leading manufacturer of solar panels and other associated equipment for the production of photovoltaic electric power.