Schott Solar and Solland Solar have signed a partnership agreement that includes technology licensing, and joint R&D and production of Solland’s proprietary metal wrap through-based, back-contact cell PV modules. The companies said that serial manufacturing of the 16%-efficient modules will begin by 2011, with a pilot line to be built at Solland’s facility in the Netherlands.
“Schott Solar is committed to state-of-the-art innovations,” said CEO Martin Heming. “With Solland Solar, we found a forward-thinking company to collaborate for the best solar products. By combining the innovative technologies of Solland Solar and Schott Solar, we achieve an improvement in product efficiency and can simultaneously reduce production costs for the future. This [will] strengthen Schott Solar’s brand to the benefit of our customers.”
“Altogether with our skills in development and testing of cells and modules, we are able to assure high-quality standards and therefore long-lasting life cycles of all modules,” he added.
“We are very happy with Schott Solar as our first partner for Sunweb, [as] it proves the attractiveness and maturity of our technology,” said Henk Roelofs, Solland’s managing director. “Schott Solar’s major know-how in testing and the advancement of module technologies, as well as the company’s abilities in series production, [will enable] a rapid market entrance for a high-performance module on the basis of future cell technology.”
Financial terms of the deal and planned initial production volumes were not disclosed.