Massachusetts, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Spire Corporation has introduced a fully integrated cell-module 25 megawatt (MW) turnkey photovoltaic production line at Intersolar 2008 in Munich, Germany. Spire has designed the turnkey line that integrates both cell and module manufacturing, converting silicon wafers directly into modules.
Spire will continue to offer standalone cell and module manufacturing lines, but this integrated factory design takes advantage of continuous material flow for automated, efficient production of modules from wafers, according to the company.
“With the coming availability of low cost wafers, and the move toward higher scale and vertical integration, this is the quickest route to becoming a serious player in the photovoltaic manufacturing business,” said Roger Little, Spire’s Chairman and CEO. “We can make both lines more efficient by combining them. By adding commonality throughout the line, our customers will have the best possible handling of the wafers and cells that represent the majority of their operating costs.”