NSG Group announced plans to invest in additional transparent conductive oxide (TCO) glass production capacity in the U.S. The plans include an upgraded float line at its Pilkington North America Inc. Rossford, Ohio, plant. Pilkington is a member of NSG.
Officials say the float line will install online coating capacity and start shipping TCO glass for solar panel manufacturing in the first quarter of 2025. The purpose of the upgrade, say officials, is to support First Solar’s expansion. The two companies have a long-standing partnership. The float line will supply glass to First Solar’s manufacturing footprint in the U.S., which is forecast to grow to 14 gigawatts of annual nameplate capacity by 2026.
To meet the growing global demand for solar panels, NSG started operating a second dedicated float line for solar glass in Vietnam in January 2020, and a new plant in Luckey, Ohio, has been operating since November 2020.
The conversion of another NSG float line in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, was recently completed and has started production. The glass produced in these plants is exclusively supplied to First Solar and will bring the total of lines dedicated to First Solar production to five. NSG continues to consider expanding its capacity for solar energy glass to ensure it meets First Solar’s demand.