It has been a busy year for Swizz solar technology company, Meyer Burger, as it has been securing contracts for its PV production equipment from all over the world. The most recent order has come from Russias largest integrated solar company Hevel LLC, who has ordered a great range of equipment that covers many different stages of the module manufacturing process.
The order from Hevel is worth around CHF 22 million (US$22.5 million), with the equipment being used for factory upgrades at a Hevel facility, which should have production capacity close to 160 MW once the new equipment has been installed.
Meyer Burger will be supplying the factory with a variety of its technology, including systems for quality inspection of crystalline solar wafers, for the coating and performance measurement of heterojunction cells, and even its SmartWire Connection Technology for connecting PV cells. The systems will turn the Russian companys facility into an integrated cell and module line, and are due for delivery and commissioning in the first half of 2017.
The news comes as Meyer Burgers technology is becoming more and more popular with PV producers worldwide. Already this year, the company has sold PV production equipment to JA Solar, with an order worth more than CHF 18 million, and secured a significant equipment order from Indias RenewSys India Pvt. Ltd.
Russias PV market
Hevell has said that it shall be supplying its PV bifacial high-performance modules to the domestic market in Russia, as well as to the Middle East and to India. It is an interesting development, as even though Russia has made a number of pledges for solar PV, there has not been much in the way of PV installations.
The country has made a pledge of 1.5 GW of installed PV by 2020, which is clearly attainable; however there is currently only 60 MW of installed PV within the country. The Russian Energy Ministry reported that about 1.165 MW of PV projects have been tendered within the last three years, but it remains to be seen if those projects will actually be realized.