Chinese solar module manufacturer GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI) has started production at its new solar PV cell manufacturing unit in Vietnam.

GCL-SI has entered into a joint venture partnership with Vietnamese company Vina Cell Technology in January this year for the establishment of the plant.

As par the partnership, GCL-SI will bring in the necessary solar cell production equipment, while Vina Cell will provide the plant and supporting facilities along with the management team.

As per the terms, out of the total 600MW of production, GCL-SI will retain about 330MW of modules, while the remaining 270MW will be retained by Vina Cell.

GCL-SI stated that the new facility has the potential to become a powerhouse of production for the global market, while improving the company’s edge in a competitive world, especially in markets such as the US and Europe.

At the new Vietnamese facility, GCL-SI will be producing passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) cells, whose efficiency is claimed to have reached more than 20.3% in the beginning of year. The company is poised to further increase the efficiency to 20.5% by the end of this year.  

According to GCL-SI president Shu Hua, the plant’s launch is the company’s step forward in its new strategy. The company now plans for global competitiveness and is planning to build an international brand image.

He said: "GCL's high-efficiency PERC production line in Vietnam, based on the localized management, will offer a strong support to the high-efficient cell supply and contribute to cost-down as well as voiding anti-dumping issues.”

Image: GCL-SI and Vina Cell start new solar cell production facility in Vietnam. Photo: Courtesy of PRNewsfoto/GCL System.