China Industry: Jun. 24

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Jun. 24 – This is a regular series of relevant industry news from around China.

Solar power

Nanjing-based solar cells manufacturer China Sunergy said it had entered into a 53 MW sales framework agreement with solar modules manufacturer Renergies Italia. Under the non-binding framework agreement, 53 MW of solar cells manufactured by China Sunergy may be sold to Renergies Italia between 2009 and 2014.

Each actual sale of solar cells will be based on definitive contracts which will be negotiated between the two companies. Pursuant to this agreement, the parties entered into a 3-MW contract of solar cells to be supplied from China Sunergy to Renergies Italia during 2009.

The remaining potential delivery volume of 50 MW solar cells may be provided by China Sunergy to Renergies Italia between 2010 to 2014, with 5-15 MW of solar cells sold per year.

A lasers and material processing division of German optoelectronics group Jenoptik AG has received orders to deliver its laser processing equipment for solar cells manufacturing in Asia. Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik said Monday that four separate orders were placed by a Taiwanese manufacturer, specializing in photovoltaic modules and expecting to expand its manufacturing capacity to 350 MW per year in the medium term.

Deliveries are scheduled in the autumn. Jenoptik’s technology will be utilized in new thin-film solar cells production lines for the structuring processes and laser edge deletion. The laser edge deletion systems will additionally feature functionality for selective deletion of the bus bar vias and with a laser drilling unit for the junction boxes.

Suntech Power Holdings has opened a photovoltaic (PV) module testing laboratory in Wuxi, China. The facility was awarded the Underwriters Laboratories Witness Testing Data Program Certificate. The laboratory is 1,400 square meters big with 7,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor testing space.

The test equipment includes pulse and continuous solar simulators, walk-in climate chambers, mechanical load and hail testers, electroluminescence testers and high precision infrared cameras.

Chinese photovoltaic products maker Trina Solar said it had agreed to deliver nearly 15 MW of PV modules to Belgian developer of renewable energy projects Enfinity. Under the sales agreement between the two companies, shipments of the PV modules are scheduled in the current second quarter.

Air transport

Hong Kong International Airport handled 3.6 million passengers in May, 12.7 percent less compared to the same period in 2008. Cargo traffic was 259,000 tons, a drop of 17.6 percent.

China Southern Airlines has entered into a cooperation agreement with Guangxi Autonomous Region’s government in a bid to expand its market share in the region.

Singapore Airlines will designate Airbus A380 to fly daily on the company’s Hong Kong route from July.

Turkish Airlines will fly five times a week on a direct route from Istanbul to Beijing and Shanghai, starting June 29.

Hainan Airlines carried 1.53 million passenger in May, 17.7 percent more than the same month last year. Air cargo was 19,787 tons, an increase of 7.7 percent compared to May 2008.

Shenzhen Airlines plans to pour some RMB1.5 billion to establish an air base in Daoli District, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province. Under the terms of the agreement signed between the company and the local government, Shenzhen Airlines will have boosted the number of airplanes to 12 by the end of 2016.

The air carrier will also spend RMB10 billion in the course of five years to build the branch’s headquarters, a five-star hotel and apartments for the pilots.

China Eastern Airlines Corporation has entered into an agreement with Airbus to buy 20 A320 air planes. The air carrier will receive the new aircraft between 2011 and 2013.

China Southern Airlines Company will start flying three times a week between Guangzhou and Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh, from July 5.

Cathay Pacific Airways’ subsidiary Dragonair will initiate twice a day flights between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, starting from September 14.

Wind power

China-based A-Power Energy Generation Systems has entered into a US$14.1 million agreement with Sanmenxia New Energy Bio-Electricity for the establishing of electricity-generation systems using biomass as fuel in Henan Province of China. Separately, the company has inked an agreement with Jinzhou Jinxia New Energy to supply two units of A-Power’s 2.7 MW wind turbines for Daxinglong Mountain Wind Power Generation Plant in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, by the end of July 2009.

State-owned China Water Investment Group Corp will pour some RMB2.8 billion in a 300 MW wind farm. The project will be based in Fuyu county in Qiqihar City. Construction is scheduled to start in the second half of 2009.

Spanish wind energy and aeronautical engineering company Gamesa signed an agreement for the development of 253 MW wind power capacity in China between 2009 and 2011. Together with local joint venture partner China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, Gamesa will equip six wind farms in the northeastern Shandong province with its Gamesa G5x 850 kW wind turbines. The turbines will be manufactured in Gamesa’s Tianjin factory in China.

The partners will brake ground on the first of the six wind farms this month. The 49.3 MW project in Taipingshan will have 58 wind turbines. The delivery and the installation will take place in the last quarter of 2009.

This industry report brief is courtesy of Aii Data Processing.