Meyer Burger begins manufacturing activities at 400 MW module factory in Germany


From pv magazine Germany

Switzerland-based heterojunction solar module manufacturer Meyer Burger has begun manufacturing activities at its 400 MW panel factory in the Saxon city of Freiberg, Germany.

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Only a few days earlier, production lines began operation at the company's cell manufacturing facility in Thalheim, in the neighboring state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Meyer Burger converted the former factory of Germam PV module maker Solarworld into a heterojunction module manufacturing facility. Its initial capacity of 3,000 modules per day corresponds to an output of 400 MW per year. The company plans to raise that figure to 1 GW as quickly as possible. The plant is expected to create more than 200 new jobs, with more to come as capacity increases.
Meyer Burger claims to have created the most modern and environmentally friendly production facility of its kind in Europe. The modules produced there with heterojunction cells from Thalheim are built with SmartWire cell connection technology developed in-house and are characterized by an above-average service life, according to the company. The modules are also completely lead-free.
Saxon Premier Michael Kretschmer and Wolfram Günther, minister of state for energy, climate protection, environment and agriculture, are taking part in the facility's official opening on Wednesday, which is taking place online.

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