Spire Corporation has received a contract from Bogoroditsk Plant of Techno-Chemical Products (BTCP), a chemical company, to provide a photovoltaic module assembly line for the company’s operations in Russia. The semi-automated crystalline silicon module manufacturing line will be capable of producing up to 12MW of solar modules per year, according to Spire. Located in the Tula region of Russia, this will be BTCP’s first PV operation.
“We are excited to be chosen to provide our turnkey line solution to BTCP in Russia. This order demonstrates our capability to put new customers into the rapidly growing photovoltaic business,” said Roger G. Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire Corporation. “Entering an entirely new market can be difficult for a manufacturer, but Spire’s ability to deliver a complete solar factory, as well as the training needed to succeed in the solar market, enables companies with limited exposure to the industry to efficiently add solar module manufacturing to their business portfolio.”
“We are excited to work with Spire, the industry leader, on this important new venture,” said Alexey Baberdin, Director General of BTCP. “The solar market is expanding rapidly in Russia and Spire offers the quickest, most efficient path to joining the industry. We are confident that Spire’s industry expertise and superior manufacturing equipment position us for success as we integrate solar manufacturing into our existing business.”
Spire will supply the process technology and training to operate the factory, as well as assistance in qualifying the factory’s modules to international standards and certification. The line is designed to be easily expandable at a later date.
In November 2007, Spire received an order from Ryazan Metal Ceramics Instrumentation Plant Joint Stock Company (RMCIP JSC) of Ryazan in Russia to provide them with a turnkey 12MW module manufacturing line.