Q Cells powers Turkish steel plant

One of the first significant emerging-market projects to employ Q-Cells modules since its bankruptcy and subsequent acquisition has been completed in Turkey.

The project’s EPC contractor, Else Enerji, says it selected the Q.PRO modules after testing six different suppliers, ultimately settling on Q-Cells based on their “superior quality and longevity”.

The 500kW installation was built atop a steel factory owned by Prokon AS near the Turkish capital of Ankara, and commissioned this week.

The system will provide 40% of the plant’s electricity requirements, while acting as a “reference” for future self-consumption projects in the “fast developing” Turkish market, says Q-Cells, which was acquired last year after stumbling into bankruptcy by Korea’s Hanwha.

After a relatively dry spell following its bankruptcy, business appears to be picking up again for Q-Cells under the aegis of Hanwha, which also owns Chinese PV manufacturer SolarOne.

The Turkey announcement follows on news earlier this week that Thalheim-baed Q-Cells won an order to supply an 82MW PV plant in Japan, that country’s largest.