Singulus receives order from Russian firm Hevel for heterojunction cell production tool

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Russian solar company Hevel has placed an order for Singulus’ SILEX II processing machine, as well as additional supply units, as it converts its existing thin-film production plant into a fab for high performance heterojunction solar cells.

Germany’s Singulus has confirmed that it has signed contracts for the delivery of its SILEX II machine, which is a thin-film deposition tool that can be used to create CIGS solar cells as well as heterojunction cells.

Hevel revealed that it placed the order to help the company transition its 160 MW solar fab from existing a-Si thin film cell production to the production of these heterjunction cells, supported by the process know-how of Hevel’s R&D center.

Singulus’ CEO Stefan Rink welcomed the order from Hevel, stating: “The order includes the delivery of a production system with a capacity of more than 5,000 wafers per hour. In the past couple of years, Singulus has extensively invested in the further development of this machine and was able to win numerous new customers due to the high performance and modern process technology provided by this machine.”

Hevel is a state-owned solar firm backed by Rusnano company and Renova Group, and has a reported solar PV pipeline in the country of around 349 MW. The firm recently placed a tooling order with Switzerland’s Meyer Burger to augment its production facility in an effort to meet domestic content requirements within Russia.

The Russian Solar Association told pv magazine last month that the country is on course to install approximately 150 MW of new solar PV capacity in 2016.

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