Mem Solar has commenced solar panel production

Mem Solar has commenced solar panel production

Commencing its photovoltaic (PV) solar panel production at the facility spanning 40,000 square meters in Kahramanmaraş Organized Industrial Zone, MEM Solar aims to reach an annual capacity of 700 megawatts, with plans to increase it to 1.4 gigawatts through a second-phase capacity expansion.

MEM Solar Deputy General Manager Fırat Es mentioned that with the solar panels they produce, they plan to enter the American market in the second half of 2024. Es also stated that they are continuing feasibility studies for the production of semiconductor PV cells.

Es recalled that they initially planned to start production in March for the investment in solar panel production, but due to the earthquakes on February 6, which affected 11 provinces and caused severe damage to their operational facilities in Kahramanmaraş, they began production six months late. He highlighted that they started production in October and they aim to reach the annual production capacity by January 2024. Emphasizing their intention to gradually increase the actual production capacity to operate 24/7, Es indicated that they have made significant investments under the license of Talesun, a longtime participant in the Bloomberg Tier-1 list for solar panel manufacturing. He mentioned that their current products are in the range of 540W-555W power, including both glass/glass double-sided and glass/film single-sided PERC-type industry standard panels. Moreover, by following the rapid advancements in the industry, they have plans to upgrade their production line in January 2024 to include 570W-585W panels, providing 5% more power from panels of the same size using TOPCon technology.

Es emphasized their efforts to increase the resilience of their supply chain against potential crises by localizing and certifying the raw materials used in solar panel production. He mentioned their plan to add panels with over 50% local content to their product range by the end of 2023. Currently, they are manufacturing for the domestic market, and they have initiated efforts to enter the American market by completing the certification processes, especially in the United States, aiming to participate in the market in the second half of 2024.

Regarding the global solar panel manufacturing landscape, Es expressed that China currently leads as the largest solar panel producer and estimated that it would continue its leadership position for the next five years. He expects significant advancements from India and the United States. Es highlighted the influence of China in the supply chain, production equipment, and materials for solar panels, stating that the policies enacted or to be implemented in the United States and Europe regarding China-made panels and raw materials would significantly impact the industry. He stressed the need to support local production to prevent harming market growth for the global expansion of the FV production ecosystem. Es noted exciting investment news related to the revitalization of production in America prompted by the “Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)” but highlighted the uncertain guarantee of success.

Es indicated that MEM Solar, as the licensed manufacturer under the long-standing Bloomberg Tier-1 listed Talesun brand, adheres to the necessary processes to comply with Tier-1 standards, ensure quality, and manage the supply chain effectively. He added that their products are sold under the Talesun brand and are guaranteed by a company that has been established in the sector for more than 15 years. Additionally, they incorporated professionals from the region into their team after the earthquake disaster in Kahramanmaraş to ensure the company’s standards and an efficient know-how transfer. As a result, they are situated in a position where the highest quality panels produced in China are manufactured in Turkey.

Es highlighted the importance of establishing a homogeneous ecosystem in solar panel production, underlining the necessity for energy investors to have access to finance to revive the market and boost solar panel demand. He stressed the importance of diversifying the supply chain for raw materials away from China and creating a more homogeneous ecosystem in the medium term. In the long term, Es stressed the need to take significant steps to increase panel efficiency and reduce the consumption of materials used, considering the necessity of using FV technology to meet the world’s increasing energy demand.

Es concluded by expressing their plans to work on innovative products after fully utilizing their production capacity. They plan to focus on reducing their carbon footprint, decreasing costs, and enhancing automation and traceability levels on the production line. Additionally, Es mentioned that they partly cover their electricity consumption from solar energy with roof solar power plants. He conveyed his excitement about creating employment for 300 people through solar energy investments, preventing migration, pioneering high-tech production in Kahramanmaraş, and contributing to renewable energy production.

Among the group companies where MEM Solar operates are MEM Tekstil in the textile sector in Kahramanmaraş, Tersan in the shipyard sector in Yalova, and Noksel in steel pipe production in Spain and Turkey. Furthermore, the company has 1 gigawatt capacity energy investments in various regions of Turkey.

Source: Dunya

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