Swiss solar equipment maker Meyer Burger Technology AG (SWX:MBTN) today said it had secured its first order for the new MAiA EVO system for the manufacturing of PERC solar cells.
The customer is LONGi Solar Technology (Taizhou), a unit of Chinese monocrystalline solar products maker LONGi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd (SHA:601012). Delivery, installation and commissioning is to take place in the second half of 2017.
MAiA EVO was built to combine Meyer Burger’s MAiA platform for rear side coating of PERC (passivated emitter rear contact) solar cells and the SiNA platform for front side cell coating. The Swiss firm explains that integration of front side anti-reflection coating and rear side passivation coating into a single system reduces the complexity of cell production, while also cutting operating costs and the overall manufacturing footprint.
“While Meyer Burger continues to maintain its extraordinary market position with PERC, our new MAiA EVO opens up an exciting opportunity to further expand our market share in the competitive front side anti-reflection coating market,” said CEO Michael Escher.