Day4 Energy has signed a deal with Austrian solar module manufactuer PV Products to provide the equipment and technology to upgrade its 30MW production facility for the manufacture of solar panels featuring Day4 DNA crystalline-silicon cells. The upgrade of PVP's automated 30MW production facility to Day4 technology is scheduled to begin immediately, with production anticipated to start in early September, the companies said.
Using proprietary equipment and technology from Day4 Energy, PVP will transition its existing line at the Styria plant to manufacture Day4 solar modules with what is being called “minimum capital investment.” Day4 said the panels will feature its DNA PV cells, which do not require soldering, and based on tests conducted by Day4 Energy, virtually eliminate PV cell energy losses after module lamination. They also enable the manufacturing of solar modules based on “work-smart technology,” which significantly reduces the effects of shading on module performance, according to Day4.
“Solar modules equipped with Day4 DNA technology have earned bankability and demonstrated strong market acceptance across Europe” noted Karl Kürbisch, co-CEO of PVP.
“With Day4 technology, and our existing manufacturing, marketing and sales infrastructure, we are confident we will meet the growing market demand for these unique modules in southern Germany, Italy, eastern EU markets, as well as our home market of Austria” added Stefan Thürschweller, co-CEO of PVP with responsibility for all production.
“We are pleased to welcome PVP to the growing family of solar module manufacturers utilizing Day4 Energy's advanced photovoltaic technologies” says George Rubin, president of Day4 Energy. “With PVP's impressive quality management system and automated production line that can be quickly and easily expanded, we are confident that they will play an important role in the continued growth of solar modules featuring Day4 DNA.”
Day4 has signed similar agreements with Solar Modules Nederland and Gebäude Solarsysteme in recent months.