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Meyer Burger Wins Order For Passivated Emitter Rear Cell Technology Equal To 2.5 GW Of Annual Capacity

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The photovoltaics, semiconductors, and optoelectronics company Meyer Burger recently won a CHF38 million (US$40.9 million) order for passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) technology equivalent to 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of annual capacity.

While the deal is certainly a big and important one, the customer involved hasn’t been publicly revealed — though Meyer Burger did recently note that it’s an already existing client based in Asia.

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The deal will be finished sometime in early to mid 2016, following delivery and commissioning in late 2015 and early 2016. Based on comments made by Switzerland-based Meyer Burger, the customer behind the huge order is intending to greatly increase its solar cell production volume in order to support increased solar photovoltaic module production rates.

Considering how many Chinese companies are currently aiming to greatly increase production capacities this year (and beyond) it’s a bit of a tossup which company is involved in this deal. Trina Solar, Yingli Solar, ReneSola, JA Solar, and Jinko Solar, amongst others, all seem like fair possibilities.

While speculation can be enjoyable, I’m assuming that the truth of this will come out in a reasonable amount of time — whether it’s an openly acknowledged truth, or an inferred one. So we might as well leave things here for now. (Though speculation in the comments section is of course welcome.)

A final note, though — the turmoil that we can potentially expect to see in the Chinese industry this coming year will be telling. And will, potentially, give greater insight into the future appearance of what a “mature” solar photovoltaic manufacturing sector in the country will ultimately look like.

Image Credit: Meyer Burger

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