Schmid wins 1st PV module fab tooling order in North America

Schmid will outfit Magnum PV’s Ontario, Canada photovoltaics manufacturing facility. This is Schmid’s first solar cell manufacturing equipment order in North America, and Magnum PV’s first PV foray for Ontario’s market.

May 19, 2011 — Schmid will outfit Magnum PV’s Ontario, Canada photovoltaics manufacturing facility. This is Schmid’s first solar cell manufacturing equipment order in North America, and Magnum PV’s first PV foray for Ontario’s market.

At the heart of the line is a membrane-free stacking laminator, which meets the highest standards for the production of consistently high quality solar modules. The laminator is designed with four levels for a line capacity of 120MW. This will facilitate an upgrade scheduled for 2012 to a fully automatic module line with double the original capacity.

The modules will be UL certified. Module line equipment will be delivered in September and production could ramp as soon as mid-October. Magnum PV has had sucesses in the wafer/PV cell development arena, and is now going to manufacture modules.

Magnum Pv is also relying on Schmid’s expertise in the module certification, taking advantage of Schmid’s “Module Certification Support” provision. The relevant certification modules for Canadian markets are already being produced to Magnum’s specifications on the equivalent module production system at the Schmid Technology Center in Dunningen. This means that the five-month process required for UL certification can commence long before the system is installed at Magnum’s Brampton, Ontario site. Once the installation is completed, module production can begin immediately.
 
Technical support for the project on site will be provided by Schmid Systems Inc. (SSI), based in Oakdale, MN, USA and a member of the SCHMID Group. Schmid expects to welcome staff from Magnum Pv to Germany in the coming weeks for training on the production line located at the Schmid Technology Center in Dunningen, Germany.

Magnum Pv was founded as a sister company of Magnum Integrated Technologies Inc. in 2010. Magnum is a leading Canadian mechanical engineering company and turnkey supplier to the metal-working and power industries. See also: www.magnumpv.com

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