Reliance Industries subsidiary and PV module producer REC Group has landed a provide settlement with photo voltaic cell and module tools maker Maxwell Applied sciences that can see REC provided with tools to help its manufacturing of the REC Alpha Pure-R heterojunction (HJT) module.
Over the previous two and half years, the 2 firms have expanded their collaboration on HJT cell and module tools, which is the important thing basis for the brand new REC Alpha Pure-R Collection, unveiled and Intersolar Europe earlier this 12 months.
“For REC, this provide settlement means we’ve a dependable companion with an economical and aggressive R&D roadmap, effectively matching our future product portfolio. With a powerful manufacturing capability, Maxwell can also be in a position to meet REC’s aggressive ambition to turn into a multi-GW HJT participant within the photo voltaic trade within the coming years,” stated Shankar Sridhara, CTO at REC Group.
In October final 12 months, Reliance Industries acquired REC Group and a 40% stake in EPC and O&M options supplier Sterling and Wilson. It then went on to put money into German wafer know-how firm NexWafe because it continues its photo voltaic provide chain capability growth.
The conglomerate has additionally secured funding from India’s production-linked incentive programme to arrange module manufacturing within the nation and has began ramping up recruitment of employees for its Indian photo voltaic manufacturing plant that’s at present underneath development.
Photo voltaic Media’s head of market analysis, Finlay Colville, lately recognized REC Group as one of many main “credible HJT firms proper now”, with the corporate at present present process a “transitionary part” because it grapples with new possession buildings and know-how goals. You possibly can learn Colville’s evaluation as a part of an article exploring the defining cell know-how traits for 2023-25 right here.
The REC Alpha Pure-R Collection comprises G12 HJT cells and options half-cut HJT cells within the massive G12 format in a patented panel design. It delivers an influence output of as much as 430Wp, whereas remaining underneath two sq. metres in space.
Manufacturing began this September at REC’s web site in Singapore based mostly on Maxwell’s tools, doubling REC’s HJT Alpha capacities from 600MW to 1.2GW.
“We’re delighted to cooperate with REC as soon as once more and happy that our HJT tools has helped REC to realize HJT innovation,” stated Maxwell’s chairman, Jian Zhou.
“REC’s selection permits us to see a brighter prospect of worldwide HJT market. Sooner or later, we are going to proceed to strengthen our R&D functionality to offer the extra superior and improved HJT manufacturing turn-key resolution to clients,” he added.