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The Manufacturing Execution System (MES) at Conergy

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By Maiko Kenner, Independent IT Consultant, Conergy AG

In 2006, Conergy AG started construction on one of the most advanced solar factories in the world in Frankfurt (Oder). On 35,000 square metres, a fully integrated and fully-automated wafer, cell and module production facility was created – all under one roof. Since 2008, production has been running at full speed and every day more than 3,000 premium modules roll out of the factory. This paper outlines the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) process put in place by Conergy during the planning phase of the factory, to monitor and control the complex and merging production processes.

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The 12th Edition was published in May 2011. Highlights from this edition include Conergy’s in-depth study of MES in PV facilities; University of Konstanz heralds the return of UMG-Si; RWTH Aachen University details the gettering options available for selective emitters; TU Delft presents an overview of breakage issues for silicon wafers and cells; and the University of Toledo outlines the benefits of RTSE in polarized light metroscopy.

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