Chinese Ambassador: Turkey will be a base that exports technology to the world

Shaobin Liu, Chinese Ambassador of Ankara, visited Kalyon Solar Technologies Factory. “Turkey will be a base that exports high technology to the world,” the ambassador said.

Kalyon Solar Technologies Factory, which started production with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 19, 2020, hosted Shaobin Liu, Ankara Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, and his accompanying delegation.

During the visit hosted by Kalyon Holding Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cemal Kalyoncu, the Chinese delegation visited the factory, which is the world’s first fully integrated solar panel production center, and made observations. Ambassador Shaobin Liu emphasized the importance of cooperation between Turkey and China and said, “I was very impressed when I listened to Kalyon Holding’s fields of activity. A unique factory was built here in the world. I believe that the strategic cooperation between the two countries will increasingly continue.”


Shaobin Liu, who said that the R&D investment and the presence of 100 researchers on duty reveal the vision for the future, “Turkey is not just a production base connecting Asia and Europe. It is on its way to becoming a high-tech export base in the world. As we always do, we will continue to support companies to develop cooperation between the two countries.”


Expressing their satisfaction for the ambassador’s visit, Kalyon Holding Chairman of the Board of Directors Cemal Kalyoncu said, “As Kalyon Holding, we set out with the vision of contributing to meeting the increasing energy needs of future generations, primarily from clean and renewable resources, with the steadily increasing population in Turkey and the world.”

Explaining that they started the factory in August 2020, the foundations of which were laid in 2017, Kalyoncu said, “The solar panels produced in our factory, which started operations with an investment of $400 million, are used in the Kalyon Karapinar Solar Power Plant in Konya, one of the largest solar power plants in the world, which was implemented with an investment of $1 billion in the first stage.”


Cemal Kalyoncu stated that, shortly after the factory opening, they decided to increase the capacity considering both the potential in the country and the renewable energy needs in the world. Kalyoncu continued as follows: “With the agreement we made with CETC, one of the leading technology and energy companies in China, with which we have been working together since the first stage of the factory, we have set the target of reaching 1,000 megawatts in the last quarter of the year by doubling our production capacity. In our factory, which integrates all stages of solar panel production, including R&D, under one roof, we will also increase the cell and module power output by more than 30%, thanks to the newly developed M10 wafer technology in line with this cooperation. We will also have the qualification of being the first company outside of Asia that can develop all processes of solar energy production together, from ingot to module and M10 technology. We will make our country one of the leading countries in solar energy technology.”


More than 100 researchers work in the R&D center established within the Kalyon Solar Technologies Factory. At the center, which will also strengthen the development of new technology panels, 29 different projects are currently being developed together.

In the R&D center, which has a total of 2,500 square meters of indoor and 5 thousand square meters of open area test platform, joint projects are carried out with reputable institutions such as Hasan Kalyoncu University, METU Solar Research Center and TUBITAK within the scope of university-industry cooperation.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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