Unigreen Energy has started construction on a wafer and cell manufacturing plant that will produce silicon n-type monocrystalline ingots and wafers in addition to heterojunction technology (HJT) solar cells in Russia.
To be known as EnCore, the new plant is being built within the Chernyakhovsk industrial zone in Kaliningrad region on the coast of the Baltic sea between Poland and Lithuania.
The plant is expected to have 1.3GW of capacity for the production of silicon n-type monocrystalline ingots and wafers in addition to 1GW for HJT solar cells, once it is operational.
Unigreen Energy is a subsidiary of Ream Management.
The majority of the produced volumes from the gigafactory are planned be sold overseas, including in Europe, the Asia Pacific and other regions.
Last month, Rosatom announced the start of construction of a 300MW nuclear power unit with a coolant BREST-OD-300 fast reactor at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine, an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Seversk, Russia’s Tomsk region.
As per the planned timeline, the BREST-OD-300 reactor is expected to start operations in 2026.
By 2023, a fuel production facility will be constructed. The construction of an irradiated fuel reprocessing module is slated to commence by 2024.
During the same month, VetroSGC-2 JSC, which is within NovaWind JSC, the wind energy division of Rosatom, secured approval for construction of Berestovskaya wind farm with a total 60MW capacity in Petrovskiy urban district of Russia’s Stavropol Krai.
The construction approval came after a positive expert examination of design documents by State Expertise in Construction, the Stavropol Krai Autonomous Institution.
The plant will have capacity to produce 1GW HJT solar cells. Credit: Sebastian Ganso from Pixabay.