Meyer Burger will deliver and install the SWCT manufacturing equipment beginning in second quarter of 2018 at REC’s production facility located in Singapore.
SWCT drives the energy output of solar modules beyond the limitations of standard busbar technologies. Silver paste consumption is the second highest material cost factor in solar module manufacturing. SWCT employs an innovative foil-wire electrode with up to 24 perfectly aligned wires to connect solar cells. This reduces silver consumption per heterojunction solar module by up to 75% and per PERC/PERT solar module by up to 65%, which in turn reduces production costs for solar module manufacturers.
The combination of higher energy yield, longer module lifetime and lower manufacturing costs make SWCT a cost-effective method of connecting both mono- and multicrystalline solar cells on the market today.
“With the implementation of Meyer Burger’s innovative SmartWire Connection technology to connect our ground-breaking combination of new cell technologies, we can further significantly increase the power level of our next generation high efficiency PV modules,” said Steve O’Neil, CEO of REC Group.
“Our pioneering SmartWire Connection Technology delivers a quantum leap in solar module manufacturing technology and clearly demonstrates Meyer Burger’s leadership in driving the technology roadmap in key areas of the PV industry,” Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., added. “Their choice of our cutting-edge SWCT technology represents an important industry and technological milestone for us.”