South Korea’s Hanwha Q CELLS held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a 500 MW integrated photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey, on December 21.
The new production facility is the result of the Karapinar Renewable Energy Resource Area (YEKA) tender, which the Turkish government awarded to the consortium of Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji in March of this year.
“Hanwha Q CELLS is proud to be joining forces with the government of the Republic of Turkey and Kalyon Enerji. We will contribute with our manufacturing expertise as well as our technology leadership,” said Seongwoo Nam,CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS.
In addition to the manufacturing facility, the Hanwha-Kalyon joint venture will also establish an on-site R&D center to carry out various projects in solar technology. The manufacturing facility will be fully integrated including ingot, wafer, cell and module production. Once completed, the modules produced by this facility will be used for the building of the 1,000 MW solar power plant in Konya-Karapinar, Turkey, the largest single-site plant in the world.
"Today, we lay the foundation for the future of energy echnologies and enrich renewable alternative energy sources in Turkey", said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.