US-based PV module manufacturing start-up, SolarTech Universal LLC has selected Meyer Burger’s ‘SmartWire’ Connection Technology (SWCT) for its first production facility in Riviera Beach, Florida.
SolarTech is the second known producer to select Meyer Burger’s SmartWire technology. PV Tech exclusively revealed in June, 2014 that Hanplast, a high-precision plastic mouldings engineering firm based in Poland was to use the solar cell interconnect technology at a new PV module assembly plant.
“We strongly believe in this new technology, and could not have picked a better partner than Meyer Burger for our module production line,” stated Boris Rosenstein, Executive President/CEO of SolarTech Universal, LLC.
Meyer Burger claims the SWCT delivers an increased energy benefit of up to 3% for solar cells following encapsulation in standard sized module, while the elimination of busbars reduces silver content by as much as 80% and production costs by as much as US$7.0 per module.
SolarTech expects annual production capacity of its module production line to exceed 80MW.