PV equipment and automation specialist, Spire Corporation has secured a ‘Spi-Sun Simulator 6013i SLP’ order with a Chinese producer of large-area thin film modules.
Spire noted that the order was placed by a major Chinese thin film module manufacturer with facilities in Europe, China and the US, which narrows it down to one company, Hanergy Thin Film (HTF).
The custom made sun simulator was said to be used to accurately characterize the performance of large-area thin film modules. The design was also said to include an automation system that would allow a test area of 6 meters by 1.3 meterS. The Spi-Sun Simulator 6013i SLP is specifically designed for flexible thin-film substrates, suggesting it is for Hanergy's planned fab in China for CIGS flex thin-film substrates.
“This major Chinese manufacturer has demonstrated a capability of designing and delivering advanced technology photovoltaic modules, and Spire Corporation’s technically superior solar simulator equipment is a perfect match for their requirements,” said Rodger W. LaFavre, President and CEO of Spire Corporation.
Spire has been struggling financially due to lack of orders from PV manufacturers and was expecting much need funds from a completed module assembly plant contract it successfully completed in North Africa.