Behind the world’s first Meyer Burger SmartWire line

Constantly on the lookout for ways to extract the full potential of solar cells, many equipment suppliers seek to introduce innovation on the cell and module level, however the adoption of disruptive technologies is never easy. This is exemplified by Switzerland’s Meyer Burger’s SmartWire, which is now beginning to be applied in production, with a 100 MW line, as its first installation at scale, up and running in Poland.

In an interview with pv magazine at Intersolar Europe in Munich, Jaroslaw Mizczuk and Mariusz Potocki of Hanplast discussed the reasons behind the Polish company’s decision to opt for SmartWire technology, as well as its advantages, such as avoiding microcracks and hot spots, and its suitability for interconnecting increasingly thin PV cells.

Speaking about the challenges of driving innovation, Michael Escher, Chief Commercial Officer at Meyer Burger, refers to SmareWire technology as the next step in interconnection of solar cells, outlining silver cost savings and the importance of developing a robust materials supply chain.