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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.


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.

China, United States and India will comprise 70% of the projected 552 GW of solar capacity, which will be added between end-2017 and 2027.

The curbed growth in China, due to subsidy cuts and restricted access to the United States and India, is expected to squeeze domestic solar equipment manufacturers, but also lead to access to cheaper solar panels in other smaller markets.

Over the coming decade, the global solar market is in line for 138% growth, from 395 GW at the end of 2017 to 942 GW at the end of 2027.

Despite Beijing’s reductions to its PV feed-in tariffs and capacity allowances, China will continue to dominate the global solar market, adding 227 GW over the coming decade.

However, Fitch notes that the Chinese policy change has led it to revise down its original forecast for solar capacity growth in China from a total of 270 GW between 2017 and 2027, to 227 GW – the figure that will take total solar power capacity in China to 357 GW by 2027.

This means that while solar subsidy cuts in the market will result in a YoY slowdown relative to the record year of 2017, when a total of 53 GW of solar capacity was added, China will add an average 23 GW per year between 2018 and 2027.

China has already sailed past its 2020 target of 105 GW of cumulative installed PV capacity, and is now reported to consider revising its target upwards to 210-270 GW.

If raised to 210 GW, the target will leave room for just 20-25 GW per year from next year to 2020, which aligns with Fitch’s forecast. However, according to PV Info Link analysts, such a target would not give much of a lift to local demand.

Asian will dominate solar power sector expansion over the coming decade: it is forecast to comprise 60% of global solar capacity in 2027, led by China and India. According to the latest statistics, India installed 4.9 GW of solar, surpassing the United States, which installed 4.7 GW, to become the second largest solar market in the first half of 2018, second only to China’s 24.3 GW.

JapanTaiwan and South Korea are also set to be among the top 10 fastest expanding solar markets globally over the 10-year forecast period, Fitch says.

Although some of the lowest solar power capacity bids registered to date have been submitted in the Middle East, such as a new record low of $0.024/kWh seen in Dubai this week, Fitch underlines that the Middle East will remain one of the smallest regional solar power markets in the world, as it is primarily focused more on leveraging abundant natural gas reserves than deploying renewables capacity.

Chinese demand slowdown equal to pressure on equipment manufacturers

A slowdown in solar growth in China, coupled with solar equipment import tariffs on Chinese exports to the United States and India, will squeeze Chinese solar equipment manufacturers.

Fitch believes this will have substantial ramifications for the global solar power market, as Chinese solar manufacturers face reduced demand for PV panels, which will come on top of the existing oversupply as a result of the introduction of tariffs in the United States.

India’s 25% safeguard duty is expected to add fuel to the fire, shrinking the excess to China’s largest solar panel export market in 2017. Meanwhile, increasing project costs will threaten the viability of several of India’s record-breaking auctioned solar projects and put India’s solar growth under pressure – particularly in the near term, says Fitch.

The recently announced statistics from China’s Photovoltaic Industry Association for the first nine months of the year showed a distinct difference in trading conditions before and after the May 31 policy change, with a drastic drop in prices and output decrease across all market segments.

Consequently, it expects that a total of 63 markets will add more than 100 MW of solar capacity over the coming decade.

New horizons

On the bright side, the resulting oversupply in solar panels will help suppress solar panel prices in alternative solar power markets, boosting solar capacity uptake. According to Fitch, the glut in solar panels will make it possible for developing and emerging solar markets to tap into cheaper solar.

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Global PV markets should double during the next five years, reaching between 180 and 200 GW from 2022 in a more diversified market.

Although a significant level of uncertainty prevails, the current transition period in China will not produce significant effects after 2020 and the PV market will continue its solid growth.

The market will continue to diversify, with distributed applications growing in share, while new market segments will start to contribute significantly: floating PV, agricultural PV, but also BIPV and VIPV (PV for vehicles) will complement the existing ground-mounted and BAPV plants. Off-grid will remain marginal in volume while large-scale off-grid will grow, especially in Africa. New applications could represent up to 25% of the global PV market from 2022.

Mondragon Assembly provides a comprehensive service to its customers, from technical advice to the choice of raw materials and certification of modules.

The Mondragon Assembly turnkey lines meet the production needs of each customer, providing solutions aimed at small and large producers and combining different levels of automation.

The flexibility of our lines allow us to manufacture lithium-ion modules of different technologies and sizes. The lines are equipped with the most innovative technology, allowing us to reach a final product of excellent quality.

The global market for battery materials could grow 9% annually in the next four years.

Analysts point to the increasing installation of storage systems with PV as a key driver. Mondragon Assembly Newsletter has covered previous reports predicting significant growth in PV and storage systems.

The global battery materials market is expected to grow 9% annually until 2022, primarily due to a rise in PV installation, a new report says. Analysts from research and consulting company Technavio have published a report suggesting the global rise in solar projects is having a significant impact on the supply chain of battery components.

The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.

Overall, Henbest forecasts $548 billion will be invested in the battery market by 2050, of which two-thirds will be at the grid level and the rest behind the meter, by households and businesses. Mr. Goldie-Scott adds total annual investment in stationary energy storage in 2017 was around $2 billion.

The arrival of cheap battery storage will mean it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

According to the report, the Asia-Pacific region made up 65% of the market last year and will continue to top the standings for the next four years. Solar PV systems are increasingly being coupled with battery storage for improved grid integration and self-consumption, says the report. According to IHS Markit, 2018 could see record PV installations of 105 GW worldwide, a figure 11% higher than that seen in 2017.

Bloomberg NEF released a report this year which underlined the importance of storage for the renewable energy market. Since 2010, it calculates prices for lithium-ion storage have fallen 80% per MWh. Due to accelerating electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing in the 2020s, prices are expected to decline further.

Expanding on that point, Logan Goldie-Scott, Head of Energy Storage at BloombergNEF tells: “We expect battery pack prices to fall to $96/kWh by 2025, and $70/kWh by 2030. For battery cell manufacturing for EVs, we expect the leading countries based on today’s plant pipeline to be China, the U.S., Korea, and Japan. We expect further capacity in Europe to be announced over the coming years as well. Much of the activity in Europe has so far been in Eastern Europe.”

The MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY plant in Orange, France, has successfully completed the expansion and modernisation of its facilities. Over the last years, the sales figure has grown remarkably, as well as the complexity of the manufactured lines and number of sectors to which Mondragon Assembly supplies equipment.

The expansion has meant an increase of almost 400 square meters. Additionally, a cleanroom has been built, allowing the manufacture of sensitive lines that are aimed, above all, to the solar, aerospace and medical sectors. In addition, the laboratory has been extended and equipped with highly advanced instruments.

The technical means have been completely modernised, being equipped with more electricity and a new pneumatic energy network with advanced consumption control to respect the environment and contribute to ecological production. Similarly, all commercial, engineering and service offices have been renewed. The opening was held a few weeks ago and had the participation of company staff and a few suppliers.

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY FRANCE is the country’s leading company in the supply of automatic assembly lines for the automotive and electrical components sectors. It includes a powerful R&D team that is very active in the aerospace, solar, electronic and pharmaceutical sectors.

Mondragon Assembly will be opening on 21 September the recent expansion of its facilities in Aretxabaleta, Spain, and will receive the acknowledgment from the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (Aenor) for its certification in the “SR10” and “UNE-19601” standards.

In recent years, Mondragon Assembly has experienced a growth in its market and, to be able to respond to its projects, has expanded its manufacturing facilities in Aretxabaleta by 800 square metres.

These modern facilities will allow the Automation and Solar businesses to continue growing, ensuring, up to now, manufacturing with the most modern technology and the highest quality to meet the high levels of demand of their customers.

This is a new milestone in the consolidation of Mondragon Assembly as a global leader in the manufacturing of machinery and automated lines.

“SR10” and “UNE-19601” certifications

In addition, at this opening ceremony, Aenor, through its General Manager, Luz Emparanza, will be delivering to Mondragon Assembly the social responsibility certifications according to the “SR10” standard and criminal compliance according to the “UNE-19601” standard. Thus, Mondragon Assembly becomes the first company in Gipuzkoa to obtain the criminal compliance certification. These standards guarantee the integration in the management of the organisation of ethical, social and labour values ​​and respect for human and environmental rights.

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