Spire Expanding Advanced Technology Center

Spire Corp. has begun the expansion of its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) laboratory at its corporate headquarters in Bedford, Mass.

Spire's ATC lab houses solar module manufacturing equipment, including a fully functioning PV module production line, and is used by customers for the development and qualification of new and advanced crystalline silicon and thin-film modules. The lab also provides support for the development and qualification of new materials for module encapsulation, glass types, cell structures and associated electronics, according to the company.

The ATC will house new Spire equipment, such as a larger laminator; its next-generation assembler, the Spi-Assembler 8000; electroluminescence crack-detection system, the Spi-EL Tester; and next-generation simulator, the Spi-Sun Simulator 4600A.

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