Spire Corporation has said that customer demand has prompted the company to develop and introduce a combined photovoltaic cell and module production line capable of producing 25MW per annum. The company said that it would introduce the new turnkey line at the Intersolar trade show in Munich, Germany this week.
“With the coming availability of low cost wafers, and the move toward higher scale and vertical integration, this is the quickest route to becoming a serious player in the photovoltaic manufacturing business,” says Roger Little, Spire’s Chairman and CEO. “We can make both lines more efficient by combining them. By adding commonality throughout the line, our customers will have the best possible handling of the wafers and cells that represent the majority of their operating costs.”
Spire said that the combined line reduced manufacturing costs due to its continuous flow design and the use of Spire’s Fab Vision software for both cell and module production.