Meyer Burger receives order for HJT production line from Oxford PV for about CHF 20 million
Post date: 10/08/2019 - 18:29
Swiss Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has received its first order from its strategic partner, Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (Oxford PV), for a heterojunction (HJT) manufacturing line including necessary adoptions enabling the upgrade to perovskite-on-HJT tandem technology. The order for the upgrade itself will follow later this year. The current contract volume is about CHF 20 million ($20.5 million) and provides Oxford PV with an initial manufacturing capacity of 100 MW with plans to expand tandem solar cell production capacity to 250 MW by the end of 2020.
In March Meyer Burger and Oxford PV have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly accelerate the development of mass production technology for perovskite on silicon heterojunction (HJT) tandem cells. The companies agreed to combine Meyer Burger’s HJT and Smartwire Connection (SWCT) technology with Oxford PV’s perovskite solar cell technology. Accordingly, Meyer Burger will sell a 200 MW HJT line for the pilot production of tandem cells which will be ramped up by the end of 2020 in Oxford PV’s Brandenburg an der Havel facility, Germany. The initial tandem solar cell efficiency target will be 27 percent. Meyer Burger will also develop equipment to industrialize the mass production of the respective perovskite layers which are deposited onto HJT bottom cells. In April, Meyer Burger announced the completion of the acquisition of a major 18.8 percent equity stake in Oxford PV and became the largest shareholder in the British research company.