Initial delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2019 with the start of cell and module production planned in the second half of 2019. The total manufacturing capacity is scheduled to be in full production by the first quarter of 2020. In total, the contract is worth around CHF 74 million ($74 million).
“This strategically important order from a well-established and highly respected cell module manufacturer is a real breakthrough,” said Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger. “It not only confirms our technology leadership but also substantially strengthens the market acceptance and credibility for our Heterojunction and SmartWire technologies.”
Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology combines the benefits of crystalline silicon solar cells with those of thin film technologies. It enables solar cells to achieve markedly higher efficiencies. Due to the light yield and passivation properties of amorphous silicon, cell efficiencies in excess of 24% can be attained. Further benefits arise from the relatively simple and economically attractive low-temperature manufacturing concept which requires fewer production steps and reduces energy consumption.
SmartWire cell connection technology (SWCT) maximizes the energy yield of HJT solar modules and is ideal for an industrialized, highly efficient PV mass production line. The SmartWire method of connecting cells employs an innovative foil-wire electrode which reduces the amount of silver used for each heterojunction solar module by more than 50% for PV module manufacturers.