Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 27th April
Meyer Burger, the Swiss company that, up until recently, produced heterojunction technology (HJT) manufacturing equipment for major solar module brands, is now making its own modules for mass production. The company released its product line today that will be available throughout Europe and in the United States.
Three product lines, all using heterojunction/SmartWire technology in the company’s own production facilities in Germany, have been revealed: traditional white backsheet modules, black backsheet modules and bifacial dual-glass modules.
The modules come with a 21.8% efficiency and reach or surprass 400 W within the “traditional” module size. Meyer Burger is not yet resorting to large cell sizes.
“We optimize our solar modules for maximum energy yield. They bring decisive differences compared to conventional products,” said Moritz Borgmann, responsible for global sales and marketing as Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH. “The next-generation solar cells, which we interconnect with our proprietary SmartWire interconnection technology, enable our customers to achieve up to 20% higher energy yield on the same roof area.”
The Meyer Burger White, Black and Glass modules are ideal for the rooftop market for residential and small commercial customers. Meyer Burger solar modules feature a homogeneous “full cell” appearance, even though half cells are used. In addition, Meyer Burger employs a special backsheet that increases the robustness and durability of the modules, which come with performance guarantees of more than 92% for the Meyer Burger White and “Meyer Burger Black” after 25 years, and even more than 93% for the Meyer Burger Glass after 30 years. Meyer Burger Glass comes with a bifaciality factor of 90%, with a combined output of over 430 W.
For the sales of its new high-efficiency solar modules, Meyer Burger is working with leading international distributors, including: BayWa r.e., IBC Solar, KdiSolar, Krannich Solar, Memodo, Solarmarkt, Solen Energy Europe and Sonepar Germany. Installers can order from the partners now, with delivery of the first modules starting before the end of July 2021.
Meyer Burger’snew production facilities in Bitterfeld-Wolfen and Freiberg, Germany, will be opened at the end of May and will then gradually start mass production. In the first phase, a nominal annual capacity of 400 MW will be set up, to be expanded to 5 GW by 2026.