Meyer Burger-CSEM Extend Collaboration to Jointly Develop Novel Solar Cells, Modules

Meyer Burger has further extended its more than 7 years older collaboration with the Swiss research & development center CSEM. The scientists from both CSEM and Meyer Burger Research, the subsidiary responsible for research and development, have been working successfully on new technologies for the production of highly efficient solar cells and modules.

October 27, 2020. By Manu Tayal

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Switzerland-headquartered Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has further extended its more than seven years older collaboration with the Swiss research and development center CSEM.

Further, the scientists from both CSEM and Meyer Burger Research, the subsidiary responsible for research and development, have been working successfully on new technologies for the production of highly efficient solar cells and modules.

Moreover, the focus of this work has been on the transfer of new photovoltaic (PV) technologies to industrial mass production towards average manufacturing efficiencies at module level exceeding 24 per cent and the corresponding reduction of manufacturing costs. 

Commenting on the partnership extension, Gunter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, said “we are very pleased to continue our collaboration with CSEM. They have supported us significantly in the development of our proprietary Heterojunction/SmartWire technology and made an important contribution to the further commercialisation of our technology.”

This partnership has currently achieved the milestone of the development of a cell process that achieves remarkable efficiencies, and Fraunhofer ISE has certified an efficiency of 25.4 percent for solar cells on standard industrial wafers manufactured at the Meyer Burger Research Center in Neuchâtel, in close collaboration with CSEM.

The company said that, this is one of the highest efficiencies reported on industrial wafer so far. The process uses contacts on the back to convert additional sunlight into electricity and offers perspective for the simplified, competitive cost manufacturing, ultra-high efficiency crystalline silicon modules.

“Meyer Burger has been a trustful partner for many years now, and we could help them in building up an amazing technology portfolio. It will allow them to play an important role in PV manufacturing over the coming years,” commented Christophe Ballif, Vice President of the CSEM and Director of the CSEM PV Center. 

Matthieu Despeisse, responsible for module and heterojunction activities at the CSEM, said “it is a great pleasure for the many scientists, engineers and technicians at CSEM to see their projects and concepts being implemented in the industry. Our team is highly motivated to accompany and support Meyer Burger on its new path.”

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