Meyer Burger wins CHF-15m solar equipment order in Asia

Meyer Burger solar technology centre. Photo: Meyer Burger

March 20 (Renewables Now) - Swiss solar industry supplier Meyer Burger Technology AG (SWX:MBTN) has received a CHF-15-million (USD 15m/EUR 13.2m) order for its MAiA 6.1 cell coating equipment from an unnamed client in Asia.

The company said in a statement that this “major Asian customer” has chosen the particular equipment to drive the production expansion of its Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) solar cells. According to Meyer Burger, the MAiA 6.1 platform delivers over 6,000 wafers per hour for mass production scalable PERC technology.

Meyer Burger’s chief technology officer (CTO) Gunter Erfurt commented that the company’s proprietary passivation technology for PERC solar cells is based on its own IP, with patents in the EU, China and Korea describing the deposition method, the tool configuration, the process sequence and the resulting passivation structure on the solar cell.

“Thus, PERC solar cells processed on our leading MAiA platform apply a significantly different passivation structure compared to the structure e.g. applied using atomic layer deposition (ALD) and are not in the scope of the recently filed patent infringement claim by a leading PV company against other solar manufacturers,” the CTO said.

Earlier in March, Korean photovoltaics (PV) manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells said that subsidiaries in the US and Germany have taken legal actions against China's JinkoSolar and Longi Solar, as well as Norway’s REC Group, over the unlawful import and sale of patent-infringing PV cells and modules. Eventually, Hanwha Q Cells also filed patent infringement complaints in Australia against the two Chinese companies.

Longi responded to the allegations by saying that it currently uses PECVD technology, while the disputed patents relate to ALD technology.

(CHF 1.0 = USD 1.003/EUR 0.882)

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