The Al-Husseini Group, a diversified
real estate, industrial and trading organization based in Amman, Jordan, and Amelio Solar, a developer of
photovoltaic module technologies in Ewing, New Jersey, announced a joint venture to build a massive solar power plant Jordan in cooperation with the government and
the national utility.
The joint venture has launched a multi-year project to construct a one-gigawatt (1GW)
photovoltaic power generation plant in Jordan, including an integrated 200 megawatt (MW)
thin-film photovoltaic module factory that will serve as a dedicated source of Amelio Solar thin-film photovoltaic modules to supply the power plant.
If completed, the solar plant will far surpass the largest systems being planned or built today.
The joint venture will first build a factory in Jordan to produce thin-film amorphous silicon,
CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-diselenide) and related hybrid photovoltaic modules using Amelio Solar's manufacturing platform. Over a three-year installation period, the factory will
reach an annual photovoltaic module manufacturing capacity of 200 MW,
beginning with a 22 MW manufacturing line to be completed in 2009.
photovoltaic modules produced by this factory will be used primarily in the construction of the massive
power-generation plant, which will be designed by Amelio Solar for completion (1 GW of capacity) by 2017.
The factory also will supply photovoltaic modules for export to
other Amelio Solar photovoltaic power generation projects around the world and for sale on the open
“This exciting project represents the largest implementation to date of our manufacturing-integrated
platform for low-cost construction of photovoltaic power generation capacity,” added Dr. Zoltan Kiss, Chairman and founder of Amelio Solar.
Thin-film technology significantly reduces the
materials and manufacturing costs and, therefore, the effective power generation cost of photovoltaic
modules. In addition, thin-film photovoltaic modules perform better in high temperatures and are more
usable for building integration--not only on rooftops but also as wall and window material--than silicon
wafer-based solar panels.