Hanwha Q CELLS files patent suit in Australia also against REC Solar, Sol Distribution and BayWa r.e.
Post date: 26/03/2019 - 11:49
Hanwha Q Cells Australia Pty Ltd. and Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials Corp., both subsidiaries of Hanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd., a photovoltaic company belonging to the Korean conglomerate Hanwha, have filed patent infringement suits in the Federal Court of Australia against three companies: REC Solar Pty Ltd., the Australian subsidiary of the Norwegian module manufacturer and system provider REC Solar Holdings AS, and the PV system providers Sol Distribution Pty Ltd. (Australia) and BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty. Ltd., part of the German BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH. Hanwha is thus extending the legal proceedings brought against various competitors in the USA, Europe and Australia. In Australia, on March 12, Hanwha filed suit against Jinko Solar Australia Holdings Co. Pty. Ltd. and Longi Green Technology Co. Ltd., subsidiaries of the Chinese solar groups Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd. and Longi Green Energy Technology Co. Ltd.
Sol Distribution and BayWa r.e. became the target of the lawsuits because they sell REC Solar solar modules in Australia. According to Hanwha Q Cells, these modules contain solar cells that infringe Hanwha's patents for certain passivation technologies. The purpose of the action is to exclude the modules from import to and distribution in Australia.
Hanwha has set up a special website (see link below) to provide information about the patent infringement suits. The attacked cell and module manufacturers, on the other hand, firmly reject the allegations. BayWa r.e. agrees with this in a statement and declares that the lawsuits are »without technical and legal merit«. However, BayWa r.e. will »continue to investigate the allegations« and, together with its partners, »take all steps necessary to defend itself against the claim«.