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Photoelectric plates plant to be launched in East Kazakhstan in November 2013

13 june 2013, 16:55
Chairman of KazAtomProm National Atomic Company Vladimir Shkolnik. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Chairman of KazAtomProm National Atomic Company Vladimir Shkolnik. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Start-up and commissioning works have started at the photoelectric plates plant in East-Kazakhstan, KazTAG reports citing chairman of KazAtomProm National Atomic Company Vladimir Shkolnik.

“Technological equipment is being installed and preparation for the start-up works is currently in process at Kazakhstan Solar Silicon plant. Its products will be mainly supplied to Astana Solar plant for further production of photoelectric modules,” Shkolnik said during the visit to the plant for production of photoelectric plates and cells.

The commissioning will last for around 6 months and the plant is expected to be launched in November, he said.

This will be a unique production facility that exists only in 5 countries of the world, Shkolnik said.

According to Azat Betekbayev, the project’s manager and advisor of KazAtomProm’s chairman, “this project is vertically integrated and sets a production chain from raw materials to the finished high-tech innovative product”.

“The silicon-based solar module is 100 percent made in Kazakhstan,” Betekbayev said.

The new production facility was also visited by general administrator of French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission Bernard Bigot in the framework of the program of implementation of joint industrial-innovative projects between France and Kazakhstan in renewable energy energy sources.

According to him, the new technology will not only help use solar energy, but will also create new jobs.

The plants rated capacity is around 60MV with a possible increase to 100MV (217 thousand modules per year). The guaranteed operating life of the Kazakhstan-made solar modules will make 20-25 years.

The plant includes two technological lines: silicon and photoelectric plates. The metallurgical silicon is made of gangue quartz mined at Sary-Kul deposit in Ushtobe (KazSilicon). The photoelectric plates will be produced in Ust-Kamenogorsk and then transferred to the photoelectric modules plant in Astana.

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