Linde to ‘focus on investment’ with leading players


Following a successful year in the Photovoltaic (PV) sector, The Linde Group has outlined its plans to invest in the key solar players.

Linde plans to capitalise on the return to growth in the photovoltaic (PV) industry seen in 2010. Last year, the Group obtained 25 new contracts and renewals with various thin-film and crystalline silicon manufacturers worldwide.

With last year’s sector activity in mind, it is perhaps unsurprising that Linde has made ambitious predictions regarding the future in 2011. The Group identified three key emerging trends, namely;

1. PV manufacturers outside of Asia are likely to increase their focus on application-specific niche markets such as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
2. Further reductions in the manufacturing cost of solar panels, especially in thin film, which is re-energising on a large scale in China.
3. Continued cost and environmental drivers – Linde expects to partner with customers on more projects to replace NF3 with its innovative F2 gas technology.

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