Spire Delivers Cell Assembler to Flabeg Solar

Spire Corporation has delivered two SPI-ASSEMBLER 5000s to Flabeg Solar International, GmbH. These are the second and third SPI-ASSEMBLER 5000s to be purchased by Flabeg, a German producer of large-area photovoltaic (PV) modules and systems. Both have been installed at the company’s new, highly automated production line in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

BEDFORD, Massachusetts – July 1, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “These additional SPI-ASSEMBLER 5000s will enhance the capability of Flabeg to serve Europe’s rapidly expanding, Renewable Energy markets by increasing PV module output and lowering manufacturing costs,” said Roger G. Little, President and CEO of Spire Corporation. “We are pleased to be a part of Flabeg’s growth strategy. PV module manufacturing capacity in Europe is in a strong up-trend, and as a premier supplier of production equipment worldwide, Spire is poised to benefit from this expansion.” One of the most advanced solar cell assembly machines in the world, the SPI-ASSEMBLER 5000 is a key element in the photovoltaic module manufacturing process. The SPI-ASSEMBLER 5000 automatically interconnects solar cells into strings by aligning and soldering copper leads to the cell contacts. The strings, in turn, are fabricated into finished modules. The units now in operation at Flabeg have the optional feature of a vision system for alignment and defect testing and have successfully processed solar cells made by leading cell manufacturers. “We have relied on Spire interconnect equipment in our module factory for five years, producing over 20MW of PV generating capacity,” said Joachim Benemann, President and CEO of Flabeg Solar. “We will rely on Spire to provide the equipment and support necessary to continue our aggressive growth strategy.”

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