Touted as the ‘world’s most modern module manufacturing facility,’ Dresden-based Solarwatt has officially opened its new production lines that double capacity to 400MW and produce a solar module every 28 seconds, according to the company. A new 13,000 square metre logistics centre has also been built, which includes a 260kWp solar power plant. The total investment was €35 million.
“By establishing the world’s most modern module manufacturing facility and beginning production today Solarwatt is meeting the challenges of coming years,” said CEO Frank Schneider.
As is the norm for many Western-based manufacturers, the key to module manufacturing competitiveness is to have highly automated plants. According to Solarwatt, the new line employs 29 industrial robots from Kuka Systems, which include its Robo Frame, Robo Trimm, and Robo Load solutions.
A total of 140 new jobs were created working a three-shift system, the company said.