Hevel Solar completing pre-commissioning of 160 MW heterojunction fab, achieves 21.75% cell efficiency

Russia’s PV market remains relatively opaque to outside observers. Project development is subject to domestic content provisions and import tariffs. To capitalize on this, manufacturer Hevel Solar has been upgrading its amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film production to HJT technology. Today it announced promising new results from the new HJT production line as it approaches commissioning.

Hevel says that the upgrade of its cell and module manufacturing facility in Novocheboksarsk began in November. The manufacturer and project developer announced today that during the final stages of pre-commissioning of the HJT line it achieved a cell efficiency of 21.75%.

Hevel Group says that the “main part” of the output from the HJT line will be installed at its own projects. It claims to be developing a pipeline of some 500 MW. pv magazine understands that it is targeting installations totaling 70 MW in 2017.

“The new [HJT] module is the result of our own R&D program that started about a year ago,” Hevel’s CEO Igor Shakhray told pv magazine.

European equipment suppliers Meyer Burger and Singulus have provided equipment for the Hevel HJT upgrade project.

Alongside its production facility, Hevel operates an R&D facility in St Petersburg.

Additional reporting from Adilya Zaripova