Screen printing specialist, DEK Solar is to collaborate with leading PV module manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy on next generation metallization technology.
The companies held a signing ceremony on the 9th of August in advance of the Yingli Solar State Key Laboratory being opened later this year as Yingli Greens new R&D facility.
The collaboration will include DEK Solar supplying at no cost, one of its ‘Apollo’ metallization lines, which will be used for ongoing research on silver paste usage and cost reductions at Yingli Green.
Brian Lau, Director of Process Support Products and Commercial Management at DEK Solar said, “We continue to make significant investments in the Chinese PV market because we firmly believe that it is heading towards an upturn in 2014. In order to facilitate this, we need to find ways to deliver greater efficiencies and lower overall manufacturing costs. The Yingli State Key Lab will take us a step further towards realising these goals, and we are proud to be partnering with Yingli Group, one of the global leaders in PV manufacturing.”
“DEK Solar is the perfect partner to help ensure the Yingli State Key Lab is a success for the local PV industry,” said Miao Liansheng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Group. “We are both determined to help achieve an upturn in the Chinese PV market, and we know that this can be made possible by investing in people and technology. The PV market is poised for an upturn and collaborations such as the Yingli Lab will ensure that it is China that drives this forward.”
In June, 2013 Yingli Green signed a new supply and technology agreement with DuPont, said to worth US$100 million, which included continued collaboration on silver metallization pastes.
A new supply and technology agreement has been signed between DuPont and Yingli Green Energy worth US$100 million.