SCHOTT Solar And Solland Solar Sign Partnership Agreement

Date: 2 September 2010
Source: SCHOTT Solar
Technology transfer, development and production of back-contacted modules based on Solland’s Sunweb® technology Joint- pilot module production line in The Netherlands Technology transfer, development and production of back-contacted modules based on Solland’s Sunweb® technology Joint- pilot module production line in The Netherlands Mainz / Heerlen, August 30, 2010 – SCHOTT Solar and Solland Solar signed a partnership agreement that comprises technology license agreements, joint R&D efforts and joint production for back-contacted solar modules.

Because of less solar-cell shadowing and minimized resistive losses the technology allows for far better efficiency rates. Both parties target serial-production of modules with an efficiency up to 16% on module level by 2011.
By working together the two companies achieve a true win-win situation. SCHOTT Solar gains access to Solland`s unique Sunweb® technology for back contact solar cells and pv-modules. Solland profits from SCHOTT Solar`s experience in module engineering and production, thereby managing a faster market entrance of the Sunweb® modules. The companies jointly will run a module pilot production line that will be built up at a Solland facility in the Netherlands.
"SCHOTT Solar is committed to state-of-the-art innovations. With Solland Solar we found a forward-thinking company to collaborate for the best solar products. By combining the innovative technologies of Solland Solar and SCHOTT Solar, we achieve an improvement in product efficiency and can simultaneously reduce production costs for the future. This is to strengthen SCHOTT Solar`s brand to the benefit of our customers", says Dr. Martin Heming, CEO of SCHOTT Solar, and he adds: "Altogether with our skills in development and testing of cells and modules, we are able to assure high quality standards and therefore long lasting life cycles of all modules."
Henk Roelofs, Managing Director of Solland Solar points out: "We are very happy with SCHOTT Solar as our first partner for Sunweb®, it proofs the attractiveness and maturity of our technology. SCHOTT Solar`s major know how in testing and the advancement of module technologies, as well as the company`s abilities in series production, are enabling a rapid market entrance for a high performance module on the basis of future cell technology. Hence the partnership with SCHOTT Solar is a significant step to bring our technology to market - via Solland and partner branded modules."
The Sunweb® technology combines high solar performance with an efficient manufacturing flow. The core is a back contact cell based on ‘Metal Wrap Through‘ (MWT) technology and with unique metallization pattern on the front side. The cells are integrated into the module being the world`s first fully integrated module technology for back contact solar cells, making use of Solland’s patented In-Laminated Soldering (ILS) technology. According to both partners the modules feature a ten percent higher module efficiency than conventional modules. With its high performance and eye-catching appearance the modules will be targeted for the residential market.

600450 SCHOTT Solar And Solland Solar Sign Partnership Agreement

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