Advent Solar has placed a long-term solar cell supply contract with Deutsche Solar worth more than $350 million through 2018 to assist in Advent’s PV module expansion plans. Deutsche Solar will supply SolarWorld SOLSIX wafers, the company said.
“Advent Solar ‘Ventura’ Technology is designed to increase efficiencies at every stage of development, from cell design to manufacturing and production, and wafers are a critical component of this approach,” said Peter Green, president and chief executive officer of Advent Solar. “Advent Solar is excited about SolarWorld’s SOLSIX wafers and their proven ability to obtain top values during cell manufacturing. Our agreement with Deutsche Solar significantly increases Advent Solar’s secured wafers and will allow us to quickly begin offering modules based on Ventura Solar Technology.”
Advent Solar Ventura Technology provides a system-level design approach by combining Emitter-Wrap Through (EWT) back-contact cells with semiconductor device manufacturing methods to create a highly scalable platform for module manufacturing.
“The SOLSIX wafers have shown excellent results during initial testing with our high-performance solar modules,” said Martin Hermann, Advent Solar’s chief strategy officer, who is responsible for the company’s sourcing strategy. “SolarWorld and its subsidiary Deutsche Solar have a solid reputation for consistently supplying quality silicon wafers, which made them an ideal sourcing candidate for Advent Solar.”