Linde invests in innovation despite over-capacity in PV industry


Defying the impact of a depressed economy on market movements, the Linde Gases Division of The Linde Group closed 2009 with more than 6GWp (Gigawatt peak) of production capacity across its global photovoltaic (PV) customer base.

Linde demonstrated increased market traction, securing multiple new contract wins and renewals with leading thin-film and crystalline manufacturers worldwide, including GS Solar and Suntech in China, Euro Multivision, Indo Solar and Solar Semiconductor in India, and Bosch, Malibu and Masdar in Germany.

Winding down 2009 on an optimistic note, Linde is training its sights on a promising 2010-11 with an aggressive focus on innovation to help PV module manufacturers to drive down costs and reduce carbon footprint.

The company is collaborating with customers in Asia and Europe to achieve sub-$1 per Watt thin-film silicon costs, and is pushing the boundaries of innovation in on-site fluorine generation, silane production and turnkey installations of bulk and specialty gases supply systems.

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