SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy developer, is to purchase diamond wire saw technology from tool maker Meyer Burger.
Under the multi-million dollar order, SunEdison buy Meyer Burger's DW288 water-based diamond wire saws to produce ultra-thin, high-performance mono-crystalline wafers. Further financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Delivery is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015 with production using the saws expected before the end of the year.
According to Meyer Burger, the saws offer twice the cutting speed with a lower environmental impact increasing the capacity of a facility.
“This contract represents a further milestone in Meyer Burger’s endeavours to support the technology change within the industry,” said Michael Escher, CCO, Meyer Burger. “We are proud to work with SunEdison as a long-term partner sharing a common commitment to the development of the renewable energy market.”
The deal is the second revealed by Meyer Burger this week. On Monday PV Tech reported an order for the company to supply 400MW of PERC upgrade equipment to German manufacturer SolarWorld.