Solbian inaugurates 16 MW flexible solar cell factory in Italy

Solbian Energie Alternative srl, an Italian provider of flexible solar modules, announced it has officially inaugurated its 16 MW polycrystalline solar cell manufacturing facility in Avigliana, near Torino in northern Italy.

The company said the works for the installation of the production equipment at the facility started in September, while manufacturing activities began in December.

The factory will produce the Day4 solar cells designed by Italian renewable energy company Day4 Europe Srl, which is based in Saronno, in the Italian region of Lombardia. The company develops standard cells, laminated cells and bifacial cells. The cell technology is based on a traditional 3 bus bar set up, and the company’s own Day4 Electrode technology which, Solbian claims, replaces the traditional solar cell soldering process.

“By implementing Day4’s state-of-the-art cell manufacturing processes and stay-powerful technology, we can provide differentiated products and significant competitive edge for flexible panels and special applications with truly differentiated innovative technology”, said Solbian CEO Luca Bonci. “Our next generation solar modules will maximize customer value, offering high quality technology over traditional solar PV cells for our customers to stand out in an increasingly competitive market with more and more new applications and innovations.”

Solbian added it is also discussing a cooperation agreement with its partner, under which Day4 Europe will promote Solbian Day4 branded products through its channels in all European and non-European markets.

Solbian’s SP Series of monocrystalline modules with output ranging from 51 W to 125 W relies on solar cells provided by U.S. manufacturer SunPower, while the SR Series, which is also based on monocrystalline cells, has a power range of 61 W to 156 W. The company also produces polycrystalline modules (SXp Series), monocrystalline modules based on 156×156 monocrystalline cells with efficiency greater than 18% (CP Series), and custom panels.