Massachusetts, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Spire Corporation announced it has received a contract from the solar division of Spanish renewable energy company Fluitecnik S.A., to provide a photovoltaic module assembly line for that company’s operations in Portugal. Spire will provide Fluitecnik with a semi-automated crystalline module manufacturing line capable of producing up to 20 megawatts (MW) of solar modules per year for sale into the European solar marketplace.
Spire will supply the process technology and training to operate the factory, as well as assistance in qualifying the factory and its modules to meet rigorous International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and certification. The line will integrate Spire’s key stringing and tabbing, lamination, and testing machines along with intermediate tooling stations; it is designed to be easily expandable at a later date. Spire recently completed a 12-MW crystalline cell module line, expandable to 20 MW, for Fluitecnik in the Dominican Republic.
“We experienced firsthand Spire’s superior design and engineering support services with our first solar module plant, completed recently in the Dominican Republic. Spire’s ability to deliver a turnkey facility and provide the support necessary to qualify the finished modules under international standards is unique and an important competitive advantage to our firm,” said Alberto Madoz, general manager of Fluitecnik.