Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection Technology 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 more than 50%, which in turn reduces production costs for solar module manufacturers.
The resulting dense wire contact matrix enables SWCT modules to easily cope with the increased power extraction necessary for today’s high efficiency heterojunction solar cells enabling energy yields of up to 20% to 30% more power per installed module in comparison to standard modules with PERC and PERT cell technologies. The resulting structure of a SWCT module significantly strengthens its stability and enhances its lifetime. The powerful combination of higher energy yield, longer module lifetime and lower manufacturing costs delivers the lowest LCOE in the photovoltaic industry, the company said.
In May 2018 at the SNEC, one of the world’s largest PV trade exhibitions, Meyer Burger’s SWCT stringer platform received a 2018 Technology Highlight award by PV Magazine, recognizing its advantages over standard cell connection processes.