Spire Opens Advanced Technology Center

Spire Corporation has upgraded and expanded the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) located at its headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts. The ATC consists of a state-of-the-art PV module production line for product development and PV material evaluations, including solar cells.

This center includes Spire’s module manufacturing equipment for customer evaluation and training. Spire’s long-pulse solar simulator, cell string assembler, cell tester and lamination equipment are all available.

In addition, the ATC is staffed to provide technical and engineering support for the assembly of customer modules. Modules made for Spire’s turnkey production line customers can be used for early certification to accelerate entry into the market. The ATC laboratory is able to produce modules that qualify for United States and international standards including UL 1703 and IEC 61215.

“Our investment in the ATC has been made to support Spire’s ‘Come to America’ program. This program is designed to bring international module manufacturers to the U.S. to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Stimulus Bill funding,” said Roger Little, Spire’s chairman and CEO. “The bill funding is aimed at putting more solar energy on line and creating millions of new jobs in America. It promises to make the U.S. the fastest growing PV market in the world over the next few years. This facility is an important asset to our bringing new manufacturers on line rapidly.”

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