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Fraunhofer ISE To Support PV Module Manufacturer Emmvee with New Solar Cell Production Line

Emmvee Group, a global manufacturer and supplier of PV modules based in India, has signed a contact with the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems ISE, the largest solar research institute in Europe. The contract appoints Fraunhofer ISE as Emmvee’s solar technology partner for its upcoming solar cell manufacturing facility near Bangalore. The collaboration aims to set up a 1.50 gigawatt monocrystalline PERC solar cell production facility with an upgrade to TOPCon solar cells down the line.

Emmvee has a current PV module production capacity of 1.25 gigawatt. The company aims to expand its module manufacturing capacity to 5 gigawatt and to build up a solar cell manufacturing capacity of 1.5 gigawatt by 2024. Fraunhofer ISE will help Emmvee by providing technical and scientific support in the equipment selection for the new mono PERC cell production line. They will also support the ramp-up and provide end-to-end theoretical and practical training to Emmvee personnel on crystalline silicon PV cell manufacturing.

The project timeline spans the next 36 months.  "The project stages include the technical evaluation of process equipment and consumables, training of employees in cell production, ramping up and optimization of production lines as well as a TOPCon upgrade with cell line optimization,”says Dr. Jochen Rentsch, department head of Production Technologies - Surfaces and Interfaces at Fraunhofer ISE. “We are very much looking forward to this cooperation and will also help to optimize the efficiency, yield and uptime of the production line.”

“Partnering with Fraunhofer ISE will help us to improve our skill, quality and efficiency and allow us to produce solar cells and modules of highest quality. We will be able to enhance our product portfolio to develop and build new cell configurations and module sizes,” says Mr. Manjunatha, Managing Director of Emmvee. “Fraunhofer ISE’s expertise in advanced cell manufacturing technologies, complex process interactions, and profound engineering approach is as unique as Emmvee's practical industrial expertise.  We are proud to be the first Indian solar company to associate with Fraunhofer ISE.”

© Fraunhofer ISE / Dirk Mahler
The back-end production laboratory of Fraunhofer ISE’s Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center. The R&D laboratory develops production processes in the field of crystalline silicon solar cells.

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