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Agulhas-Solar launches solar cell plant

Hungarian-owned Agulhas-Solar on Friday inaugurated a €3 million solar cell assembly plant in Szolnok (E Hungary).

The plant will make European-quality solar cells at Chinese prices, mostly for export, said Agulhas-Solar managing director Gyula Boros.

Forty-two people work at the 30 MW-capacity plant, including management, but planned developments could add about 15 to headcount, he said.

Agulhas-Solar won more than HUF 400 million in state and European Union grant money for the plant, said National Development Ministry state secretary Janos Bencsik.

Agulhas-Solar plans to install a second soldering robot at the beginning of 2012, raising the plant's capacity to 65 MW, Boros said. The plant's high-performance lamination system will work at less than half capacity until then, he added.

Switzerland's 3S Swiss Solar Systems delivered the technology used at the plant.