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M+W Group’s customer 3SUN opening Italy’s largest photovoltaic module factory

M+W Group’s customer 3SUN opening Italy’s largest photovoltaic module factory

Fast conversion to a modern PV module factory including energy supply center

With an official ceremony M+W Group’s customer 3SUN has celebrated the inauguration of its new photovoltaic module plant in the Sicilian town of Catania (Italy). 3SUN is a joint venture of Enel Green Power, Sharp and STMicroelectronics. M+W Group had been appointed as general contractor to convert the former semiconductor fabrication facility into a PV module factory, which is now operational for the production of the first modules for certification and samples. With a final production output of up to 480 megawatts the 3SUN factory will be Italy’s largest PV panel manufacturing plant.

In detail the contract as general contractor covered the engineering, procurement and construction work for the factory conversion across all technical disciplines. This additionally included the upgrading of a trigeneration energy center to supply the plant with combined power, heating and cooling generation. It will produce about 10 megawatts of electrical energy plus 10 megawatts of thermal energy recovered for cooling and for heating. The contract also included the automation system for the glass handling interfacing through robots, lifters and conveyors to the Sharp production line and logistics.

In order to enable 3SUN to start production as quickly as possible M+W Group has converted the existing empty semiconductor manufacturing complex with an area of about 100,000 square meters (of which over 50,000 are for manufacturing and logistics). The contract with M+W Group had been signed in Aug 2010 and the industrial mass production will start in September/October 2011.

About M+W Group ( M+W Group is the leading global engineering, construction and project management company in the fields of Advanced Technology Facilities, Life Science & Chemicals, Energy & Environment Technologies and High-Tech Infrastructure. From concept development to turnkey services the company manages projects of all sizes ensuring rapid realization, high quality standards and cost-effective completion. With its competence to link process and automation technologies and complex facilities to integrated solutions M+W Group primarily focuses on leading companies in the fields of electronics, photovoltaics, life science, chemicals, energy, automotive, security and communication, as well as research institutes and universities. M+W Group GmbH is the holding company with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2010 M+W Group generated an order intake of 2.1 billion euros and revenues of nearly 1.8 billion euros with a workforce of approximately 6,000 employees. M+W Group is owned by the Austrian Stumpf Group that is globally successful in the areas of High-Tech Engineering, Smart & Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Technology Investments.

Photo for download: The new 3SUN factory in Catania

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