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From MW to GW lines: The safest way to scale up

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As the need for renewable energy and local supply chains to produce it becomes ever clear, new players in diverse regions are moving into the world of PV manufacturing. Meanwhile, factory sizes are increasing and manufacturers new and old are sitting on ambitious plans to rapidly ramp new facilities and technologies to multi-gigawatt scale. While encouraging, this growth comes with plenty of risk. In this pv magazine Webinar, we look at the latest developments in flexible, high throughput factory equipment, and the role of inspection and data analytics technologies in driving efficient, high-quality manufacturing.


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From MW to GW lines: The safest way to scale up

With multiple regions looking to establish themselves as PV cell manufacturing hubs, and new technologies set for rapid deployment, ensuring a smooth ramp up to reliable, high-volume production. In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll focus on India’s burgeoning PV manufacturing industry and the technologies making their way from lab to fab. And we’ll take a closer at some of the production tools offering the flexibility, high throughput and low cost of ownership to produce these at scale, and the role of big data analytics in offering vision and control of processes all along the production line in maintaining a highly efficient manufacturing operation.

Tom Thieme, business unit manager for solar at Isra Vision, will be on hand to discuss how investment in process control and inspection, as well as the big data analytics to quickly draw insights from this, pays off in ensuring consistent performance on production lines. And for new facilities and technologies, we’ll see how this inspection equipment can ensure a smooth ramp up phase to large-scale production, allowing for easy fault spotting and process optimization.

We’ll also hear from Helge Haverkamp, chief technology officer at centrotherm, about the latest equipment promising the flexibility to handle new technologies, and the reliability to maintain gigawatt scale production at high throughput. Also the innovations in energy use, footprint and other areas promising a lower overall cost of ownership for these tools.

Finally for this program, Lejo Joseph Koduvelikulathu, group leader for industrial solar cells at ISC Konstanz, will place these technologies within the context of India’s burgeoning PV manufacturing industry, and the advanced cell technologies making their way toward commercial production, and how these can best be implemented cost effectively.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • How data analytics drives highly efficient solar cell manufacturing
  • Ensuring high throughput and low cost of ownership for production equipment
  • Ensuring flexibility for adoption and ramp up of new innovations
  • Cost effective implementation of advanced cell technologies
  • Q&A

You can enter questions and comments in the comments window when registering or in the chat during the webinar. This webinar will be moderated by Jonathan Gifford, Editor-in-Chief at pv magazine Global, and Uma Gupta, Editor at pv magazine India.

Registration for this pv magazine webinar is free of charge.


Tom Thieme | Business Unit Manager for Solar, Isra Vision

• Graduated from University of Applied Sciences in Berlin with a degree in environmental engineering • More than 20 years of B2B technology & business expert in Photovoltaics, Semiconductor, Display and other electronic industries; holding several positions as product manager, business development manager and Sales & business manager • Substantial technology experience in manufacturing processes and related customer requirements and needs in terms of inspection, metrology and data analytics • Previous companies: Atotech (part of Total Energy), LayTec (part of Nynonics goup) • Organizations: Semi, IEEE, EPIC, VDMA PV • Since 2018: ISRA VISION (part of Atlas Copco group) BU Solar

Dr. Helge Haverkamp | Chief Technology Officer, centrotherm

After graduating in physics from German Heidelberg University in 2003, Dr. Helge Haverkamp completed his doctoral studies on novel manufacturing processes for PV devices at the University of Konstanz in 2009. He started as a senior development engineer at a German medium-sized company in the engineering and automation sector before taking over their R&D responsibilities in 2014. He has been Head of Process Technology at centrotherm since September 2019 and joined the Management Board in 2021.

Lejo Joseph Koduvelikulathu | Group Leader for industrial Solar Cells, ISC Konstanz

Lejo Joseph Koduvelikulathu, graduated with B. Tech Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. For 2 years, he worked for M/s. Siemens India as Commissioning Engineer- Mumbai railway project. Completed his Telecommunication Engineering and Professional Masters in the field of Nano Micro Systems from University Of Trento, Italy. Since 2010, he is working at ISC Konstanz. Scientific research encompasses simulation, process development and optimization of solar cell structures. He is also part of the ISC-Technology Transfer team, responsible for transferring processes into industrial production lines. Since 2018, he is part of Industrial Solar Cells department, leading a team responsible for cooperation with industrial partners.


Jonathan Gifford | Editor in chief, pv magazine

While overseeing pv magazine‘s Australian website, Jonathan also reports on equipment supply, thin film and Australasia for the global print edition and online. With a background in broadcast journalism for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Jonathan has been reporting on environmental and technology issues since 2005. He has been with pv magazine since 2011.

Uma Gupta | Editor, pv magazine India

Based in New Delhi, Uma reports on the latest PV market trends and projects in India. After gaining an MSc Physics (Electronics) and an MBA, she has gone on to accrue over a decade of experience in technology journalism. Uma has been working for pv magazine India since 2018.

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