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A new step in its consolidation as a global benchmark group in the automation and solar sectors.

This 3.5 million euro investment will be used to finance the growth requirements demanded by both the Automation and Solar sectors from the Mondragon Assembly Group in this strategic market, after launching activities in China in 2014.

For this purpose, it has acquired a 12,000 square metre plot in the new industrial park of Qiandeng (Kunshan), where it will build a plant measuring about 7,000 square metres. The building will consist of 6,000 square metres of production space and 1,000 for offices. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2019 and the plant is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2020.

Year after year, we consolidate our benchmark position in the market in highly technological projects. “This new plant will allow us to continue growing and taking on the new challenges that we have defined internally and that reflect the requirements of our current and future clients in order to continue to be competitive in an environment as demanding as the Chinese market”, explained the general director of Mondragon Assembly China, Mikel Gantxegi.

Global provider

The plant will allow the Mondragon Assembly Group to continue to strengthen its position as a global provider of automated solutions where and when its clients need them, offering high-value technological solutions adapted to the needs of each country/client. In the words of the director of the Automation division, Iñigo Velez, we achieve this through the translation of knowledge and technology between the production plants that we have in Germany, France, Mexico, Brazil, China and Aretxabaleta [Spain] thanks to our global engineering business model”.”.

Mondragon Assembly China ended the 2018 financial year with sales amounting to 8 million euros and 85 direct employees, and it is projected to reach 12 million euros and 100 employees in 2019. With this new investment, by 2022 the Mondragon Assembly Group expects its sales in this market to approach 25 million euros and its staff to reach 180 individuals.

About the MONDRAGON Assembly Group. Mondragon Assembly is an international group specialising in the development of automation and assembly solutions. It currently boasts six production plants:

Aretxabaleta (Gipuzkoa, Spain), its central headquarters; Mexico; France; Germany; China and Brazil and, in addition, a subsidiary in India. It operates in sectors such as solar power, the automotive industry, appliance components, cosmetics, medical devices and electronics. Its staff consists of a team of over 400 individuals and its 2018 turnover was in excess of 85 million euros.

The impressive growth is unlikely to replace coal-fired power generation as it will only be sufficient to cover the predicted increase in demand for electricity. The electrification of heating, manufacturing and transportation offer room for further development.
Industrial processing, space heating and transport offer great potential for electrification, meaning an higher utilization rate of renewable energy is possible in these areas.
The transformation the energy system is undergoing costs around $807 billion per year, and the share of power sector investments is likely to remain high.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has highlighted the magnitude of the changes affecting the electricity sector by presenting visions of the future electricity market, with the level of electrification rising in all three.

Big investments thinking about a sustainable future

According to the IEA’s new report, renewable energy accounted for 60% of investment in generation capacity over the past decade, and the trend is set to continue until 2040, at which point it will take a 70% share, for an average annual investment of $350 billion over the next 20 years.
PV leads the pack, with average investment of $120 billion per year, 30% of it in China. Falling system costs are not hampering the technology’s leading position, with the IEA forecasting solar will continue to attract the largest amount of investments up to 2040.
  • Wind attracts $110 billion annually
  • Hydro $73 billion
  • Nuclear, gas and coal-fired power plants around $50 billion each.
  • Battery storage $13 billion.
Network investment averages $360 billion per year, to reinforce grids, connect new generation capacity, expand regional trade, and provide access to 510 million people. In heavily regulated markets, that may mean risks of continued overinvestment, and to affordability, the report says.
Depending on which of the three IEA scenarios applies, investment in renewable energy amounts to $361-616 billion per year, compared to fossil fuel backing, which it is forecast will account for around $90 billion per year.

The government of India has approved a National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, to drive “clean, connected, shared and sustainable mobility initiatives in the country”.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi.

The cabinet also approved a Phased Manufacturing Program to support large-scale, export-competitive integrated batteries and cell-manufacturing giga plants in India, along with another program to localize production across the electric vehicles value chain. The two programs are intended to run until 2024.


Performing a roadmap for India to leverage its size to produce innovative, competitive multi-modal mobility solutions to be deployed globally.


To implement gigawatt-scale battery manufacturing, a National Storage Mission will initially focus on large-scale module and pack assembly plants during the fiscal year that starts next month, followed by integrated cell manufacturing by 2021-22.

The mission, chaired by the National Institution for Transforming India policy thinktank, will include secretaries from the ministries of Road Transport and Highways. Power; and New and Renewable Energy; and the departments of Science and Technology. Heavy Industry; and the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade; as well as the director-general of the Bureau of Industrial Standards.


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Spain’s most important renewable energy fair is becoming increasingly about solar. After a decade of slim pickings, last year’s event promised better times and, if this year’s show didn’t completely deliver, that’s because elections loom large.


Almost all the exhibitors focused on PV energy, to the point that Genera seemed a solar, rather than renewables show.


Energy Transition and Self-consumption are the core of the Technical Conferences program at GENERA 2019, Energy and Environment International Trade Fair

Othercase, Genera event was completed by other views of the Energy Transition from different perspectives, in addition to several conferences that focus on self-sufficiency consumption.

In the U.K., systems bigger than 50 MW fall under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime and require special permitting. With the aim of optimizing the market for higher storage penetration, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is holding a consultation until March 25 to determine whether to retain the 50 MW threshold.

According to the announcement, the consultation is part of its “Upgrading our energy system – smart systems and flexibility plan” ambition.


The U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today opened a consultation on the treatment of electricity storage within the national planning system.


The consultation opened today considers two areas that have proved contentious while reviewing the energy flexibility plan. One is: “Whether the level and unit of the 50 MW capacity threshold for non-wind onshore generating stations in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime is appropriate for electricity storage.” The other concerns “clarification of how composite projects, consisting of storage and another form of generation, should be treated with regards to the NSIP capacity threshold”.

In the supporting documents for the consultation, BEIS said it does not believe the 50 MW capacity threshold – which ensures PV projects of that size and larger need special NSIP planning permission – poses a significant obstacle to storage developers. While permitting processes add costs for developers, they would be dwarfed by factors such as network connection and upfront capital costs and available revenue streams, according to BEIS.

The department reports, however, some stakeholders have said the process could overcomplicate regulatory systems for developers.

That policy comprises 29 action points which, if executed, should help integrate energy flexibility assets better into Britain’s infrastructure and energy markets.

The government has previously stated more flexible solutions could mean savings of between £17 billion and £40 billion up to 2050.

Mondragon Assembly, in cooperation with its exclusive agent, Sunplast Enerji in Turkey has just completed the installation of a solar PV cell tester and sorter in Turkey, in the Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM).

The supplied equipment is a last generation automatic cell tester and sorter system for crystalline silicon cells. This system reaches the A+ quality for temporal stability, non-uniformity of irradiance and spectral match.

Prof. Dr. RAŞIT TURAN, leader for wafer based PV in GÜNAM, mentions that “this system will allow us to make accurate measurements and cell characterization, which is essential in our research projects. Indeed, the system is both, very precise and fast, and very compact and user friendly”.

IGOR HERRARTE, EMEA global sales director at MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY said “it has been a pleasure to cooperate with GÜNAM, one of the first research centers in EMEA region. Equipment manufacturers, we have many things to learn from laboratories. We really hope to cooperate with GÜNAM with the objective to achieve photovoltaics to be the first source of energy!”

About Mondragon Assembly

Mondragon Assembly, is an internationally recognized producer of equipment for the manufacture of solar panels, who designs and provides turnkey production lines and machinery for photovoltaic systems. With more than 40 years experience in automation it’s a global benchmark in the automated assembly and equipment sector, offering its customers top quality solutions adapted to their needs.

About GÜNAM

The Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM) is a multi-disciplinary center of excellence in the area of solar energy science and technology. It has been supported by the Turkish Ministry of Development since 2009. With rich infrastructure and human capital, GÜNAM is the leading and most comprehensive national center in the development of solar energy technologies including photovoltaic, concentrating solar thermal, and cross cutting technologies such as high performance buildings, smart grids, and smart cities with a mission to be a global player in this field.

Global PV installations in 2019 to grow 18%

According to a recent report released by IHS Markit, annual global PV installations in 2019 are expected to rise by 18%, reaching a generation capacity of 123GW on the year.

Of that estimated total, two-thirds of the installed global PV generation capacity will come from sources outside of China, while several new or growing markets across the globe are expected to see major gains.

All together, Argentina, Egypt, South Africa, Spain and Vietnam represent 7% of total installations in 2019, along with 7GW of total demand growth.

In total, annual PV installations are growing by more than 20% in 45 different country markets.

Within the US, PV installations are projected to grow by 28% year-on-year, with developers looking to make a major dent in their respective project pipelines before the December 2019 deadline for the 30% investment tax credit (ITC).

A larger share of that pipeline will only be worked on through the module-shipment phase, which meets the safe harbor requirements that extend the 30% ITC if at least 5% of the components have been procured for the project.

IHS Markit expects limited capacity announcements across the supply chain, directly leading to higher average utilization rates across all nodes next year.

While module prices dropped in the second half of 2018, existing strong demand outside of China, especially in markets such as Mexico, Vietnam, Spain, have cut into price erosion fears for shipments in the first half of 2019.

Mondragon Assembly installs 60 MW PV production line to Arab International Optronics in Egypt.

Mondragon Assembly, with its solid economic and financial situation due to business diversification like solar and special machinery and international presence in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and China has just completed the installation of a 60 MW PV module manufacturing line in Cairo, Egypt.

Arab International Optronics’ factory is expected to begin manufacturing activities in March 2019.

Mondragon Assembly has obtained an order for the manufacture of twelve assembly lines of lighting components by a renowned multinational in the automotive sector.

In the first phase, three lines will be installed, which will be manufactured in the plants of China, Mexico, and Europe.  The rest will be gradually installed until the year 2021.

According to Iñigo Vélez de Mendizabal, Director of Automation, “this project is another step in the consolidation of Mondragon Assembly as a global provider of automated solutions.  Thanks to the multi-location of our plants, we can offer our clients the execution of the same project in different regions.”

Mondragon Assembly has production plants in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, China, and Brazil.

Mondragon Assembly, with its solid economic and financial situation due to business diversification like solar and special machinery and international presence in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and China and of course, the support of the Mondragon Corporation which had over 250 companies and more than 70.000 people working on the group in a wide range of sectors, has just completed the installation of a 60 MW PV module manufacturing line in Cairo, Egypt. Arab International Optronics’ factory is expected to begin manufacturing activities in March 2019.

Arab International Optronics is a National Service Projects Organization of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. Established in 1982 under the Egyptian Investment Law.

The Company manufactures and sells advanced optical, electro optical and electronic systems for military and commercial applications. The company was founded in 1984, Started Production Process in 1985 and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

AIO is one of the key manufacturing companies established by the Egyptian Armed Forces to develop a local industrial capability and self-reliance in the manufacture of high technology sights and associated equipment.

The manufacturing line is flexible to produce both 60 and 72 cell modules, glass-glass and bifacial modules.

The line has production capacity higher than 40 modules/hour, the high productivity of the compact and ergonomic machines reduces operators and maintenance using the best technologies in the market which are the infra-red and induction technologies with an easy to operate and simple HMI.

Commenting on the project, HAYTHEM ZHIOUA, Sales Director, Mondragon Assembly MENA, Said, “We already installed the line in the customer’s premises. I confirm that the line is going to be commissioned latest by February 2019.

ZHIOUA said, “This is not our first project in Egypt, we are shipping right now equipment with a capacity of 100 MW to another customer in Egypt.”

40 years into the business, MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY is a globally recognized solar energy company that provides turnkey production lines for photovoltaic module manufacturing.

IGOR HERRARTE, EMEA global sales Director said “We have been providing innovative solar technologies for over 15 years, this production line for AIO will be the 7th line that Mondragon Assembly installs in the MENA region”. We also have a complete know how transfer program. This program can be tailored to meet customers’ requirements, including: module design and certification, raw materials, production ramp ups, training, maintenance programs”.

Major corporates ready to do more on climate action and call for easier access to renewable energy

Corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) worth 6 GW have already been signed in Europe, representing billions of Euros of investment and thousands of jobs. Nearly 2 GW of this has been contracted in 2018 alone. Commercial and industrial on-site corporate sourcing accounted for 1.7GW in 2017 and is expected to grow considerably in the next five years.

To unlock the full potential for investing directly in onsite and offsite renewable energy and through PPAs, the declaration calls on policymakers to remove all regulatory and administrative barriers to corporate sourcing of renewable energy, as required by the recently enacted Renewable Energy Directive, so the early success – mainly concentrated to date in the Nordics, the Netherlands and the UK – can be replicated more broadly.

Mondragon Assembly, fully Commited to the future of renewable energy.

Industrial and commercial consumers account for around half of Europe’s energy consumption today. As the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in the run up to COP 24 made clear, the change is coming.

An extensive worldwide partner network providing a fast and effective service. Mondragon Assembly provides machinery for the entire value chain of photovoltaic modules.

Addressing climate change is urgent. Investing and buying renewable power offers corporates an effective way to cut their carbon emissions.

Corporates must also be allowed to sign cross-border renewable energy transactions to maximise opportunities to deploy the most cost-effective renewable energy solutions.

The declaration sends a strong signal to policymakers to enable PPAs, on and offsite corporate sourcing and renewable energy investments to flourish.

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