Heterojunction cell and module producer Meyer Burger has secured European-made silicon wafers by a brand new provide settlement with Norwegian Crystals.
With the polysilicon used to fabricate the wafers of European and US origin, Meyer Burger mentioned the deal will strengthen the resilience of its provide chains whereas additionally offering wafers with a low-carbon footprint.
Norwegian Crystals produces monocrystalline silicon merchandise, reminiscent of bricks, wafers and ingots. The corporate advised PV Tech earlier this yr that the vitality combine the place its manufacturing plant is positioned in northern Norway is 99% hydropower and 1% wind.
Constructing on the preliminary provide deal, Meyer Burger mentioned it’s in ongoing discussions with Norwegian Crystals about an enlargement of wafer provides for the approaching years.
“With the supply of first portions of wafers from European manufacturing, Meyer Burger closes the final hole within the strategic reestablishment of a European provide chain for the manufacturing of photo voltaic cells and photo voltaic modules,” mentioned Daniel Menzel, chief working officer at Meyer Burger.
In response to Switzerland-headquartered Meyer Burger, the corporate already sources elements reminiscent of photo voltaic glass, foils, cell connectors, chemical substances and course of gases used for photo voltaic cell and module manufacturing partly in Europe.
Earlier this month Meyer Burger lowered its manufacturing plans for 2022 and 2023, partly as a result of difficult provide chain atmosphere. Having beforehand anticipated to supply 500MW of modules this yr, the corporate now expects to fabricate 320 – 370MW.
Its plant in Freiburg, Germany, will begin ramping up capability to 1.4GW in September and is anticipating a manufacturing quantity of 1 – 1.2GW in 2023, down from a earlier goal of 1.35GW.
Meyer Burger will publish its 2022 first-half outcomes on 18 August.