Somont, a subsidiary of 3S Industries AG, has received an order from Norway-based Renewable Energy Corp. ASA (REC) for delivery of its RAPID automatic string soldering systems. The machines, which have a total value of 14.5 million euros, will be delivered to Singapore, where REC is setting up a new integrated photovoltaic production facility.
REC is already successfully using earlier-generation machines from Somont's RAPID line for the industrial production of solar cell strings and their assembly in three-shift operation. The RAPID line provides a high production capacity with extremely low cell breakage, Somont says.
Production will begin at the new Singapore facility in the first quarter of 2010, and by 2012, capacity is expected to reach 740 MW of wafers, 550 MW of solar cells and 590 MW of solar modules.