In a recent press release, the new CEO of Enel Green Power, Salvatore Bernabei, said that another heterojunction solar module factory could be built overseas, with the United States being a possible location.
During a press briefing held on Tuesday, the new CEO of Enel Green Power (EGP), Salvatore Bernabei, discussed the developments EGP is undertaking in its renewable energy business and revealed its current strategy for its solar module manufacturing business.
“The capacity of our plant in Catania is currently only 200 MW per year and, to obtain the best possible price, we must increase the scale,” he said. photo magazine, With reference to funding that the company recently received from the European Commission to expand the manufacturing plant. “We plan to start work on the expansion of the factory soon. We will add a new building near the existing one.
The plant is expected to begin manufacturing activities by the end of 2023 and reach full capacity by mid-2024.
“Taking into account that 3GW is a relatively small size compared to the huge development of PV in the world, we can consider building another plant with a “copy and paste” approach outside of Italy, such as for example in the United States,” Bernabei said. . “Once we have the first plant in operation, I think it will be a good idea to replicate this facility in other geographies.”
The CEO also revealed that EGP is currently developing its next-generation solar module technology based on perovskite-based tandem cells. “Five years from now, we’ll see this technology achieve efficiencies of over 30%, which means 50% more than current efficiencies,” he said. “The EU funds will not only be used to expand the plant in southern Italy, but also to further develop our heterojunction technology and tandem modules. Our competitive advantage here is the technical know-how for these two technologies.
Bernabei further explained that EGP is betting on further innovations for its solar modules. “We will also be working to launch new technology to replace glass with cheaper plastic,” he said. “This will allow us to produce lighter panels that will be easier to install.”
EGP deployed about 2.24 GW of new solar capacity in 2021, according to data released at the press conference, and this year it is expected to add another 6.1 GW of renewable energy capacity. In the 2022-2024 period, the company is expected to install 21.2 GW. “The proportion should be 60% solar and 40% wind,” Bernabei said.
In 2021, EGP deployed 220 MW of battery capacity for the first time. “Growth in the pipeline of projects under development was also notable, reaching approximately 370 GW, which includes renewables, battery energy storage systems (BESS) and capacity already under construction,” the company said in a statement.
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