Meyer Burger Technology has entered into a strategic partnership with CEA and its Institute of Laboratories for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (LITEN). The partnership aims prompt researches on future solar technologies such as HJT and SWCT.
Meyer Burger will supply CEA with systems and pilot equipment including advanced features for next generation HJT and SWCT cells and modules to replace their existing PV fabrication equipment. The systems and technologies will be used for research and development, including marathon research tests, with the goal of verifying new features and capabilities in an industrial environment in order to further develop the next generation of HJT and SWCT cells and module production equipment technologies.
Collaboration efforts have already started at Meyer Burger’s competence centre for cell and surface coating technologies in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. Delivery and installation of the Heterojunction and SmartWire Connection equipment at CEA is scheduled to begin in late 2015.
The close cooperation with leading European research institutions such as CEA and CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique) ensures Meyer Burger plays an important role in fundamental PV research on high efficiency technologies which translate into industrially applicable procedures and processes and a sustainable reduction in the cost of solar energy.