The other day at the International Exhibition Center in Shanghai was an interesting exhibition Solarcon China 2009, dedicated to solar energy. The event was attended by major Chinese companies working in the industry, including Best Solar Energy Technology, Chint Solar, Baoding TianWei SolarFirm, Suntech Power Holdings and others. All they showed samples of thin-film solar cells, and announced its production plans for the near future. The company Best Solar, announced in September last year, plans to launch a solar plant with a production capacity to two gigawatts, announced intentions to open a line for producing solar cells in Nanchane (Nanchang) in the third quarter of 2009, as well as in Shuzhu (Suzhou) at the end of this year. The total power produced by cells in the two lines will be 260 MW by the end of 2009. In 2010 using equipment from Applied Materials company plans to increase the volume of cells to 700 MW. The company Chint Solar now produces prototypes of solar cells on the equipment purchased from Oerlikon Solar, and will start mass production in the very near future. By the end of 2009 the volume of its products in the power would be equivalent to 30 MW. Produced by samples of cells characterized by the efficiency of 9%. TianWei SolarFirm also uses equipment from Oerlikon Solar. She plans to run the line into operation in August 2009 and hopes to release the cells with total capacity of 50 MW by the end of this year. At this time, the efficiency of its production to 6, 6%. Suntech prepares to launch a production line in Shanghai. Mass production will start later this year. According to plans of the company, by the end of 2009 it was able to produce thin-film cells with total capacity of 10 MW. Shanghai Sunhi Solar showed pictures of prototypes of thin-film cells manufactured on the equipment of its own design. The area of the substrates is 635 x 1245 mm, and the efficiency of cells to 6%. Work on the production technology is not yet completed, but mass production is scheduled for 2010. As you see, soon the competition in the industry of solar energy will increase substantially due to influx of Chinese enterprises. Already a strong battle for orders between suppliers of equipment.