The order consists of a special 100MW line that is able to manufacture lightweight solar panels, and will be operative by the end of 2022.

New special line that manufactures lightweight modules

Mondragon Assembly, a specialist turnkey line with high technological value and adaptable to any existing need in the solar industry, has recently received an order from the Dutch photovoltaic module manufacturer, Solarge. This is an automatic line designed ad-hoc and manufactured specifically to produce lightweight solar modules that have been developed by the Dutch company. The line will be installed in the third quarter of the year in Solarge’s manufacturing plant in Weert (NL) and will start production by the end of this year.

This new project is the result of the collaborative work between Solarge and Mondragon Assembly teams, where all the key machines have been adapted to the customer’s needs.  The new order represents another step forward for Mondragon Assembly to consolidate its position as a supplier of high technological value solutions adapted to any application.

Lightweight, 100% recyclable module without PFAS material that releases up to 75% less carbon during the manufacturing process

As Solarge has already announced in the press, the module developed by the Dutch company weighs less than half of conventional solar modules, which makes it easier to handle the panels and which enables the application of solar panels on roofs with limited weight bearing capacity.

Solarge’s use of fibre-reinforced polymers has enabled them to create the basis of a new proprietary technique for manufacturing lightweight photovoltaic modules.  This technique allows Solarge to choose and use the best solar cells available now and in the future. The technology developed by the Dutch company also offers flexibility in terms of applications; agrivoltaics, floating, and rooftop.

Solarge intends to extend the capacity of the production line to 380 MWp by 2024.
Mondragon Assembly and Solarge look forward to successfully launching this innovative technology as a new standard in the solar sector.

We are happy to invite you to one of the most important events of the European Solar industry, Intersolar Europe 2022.

On 11, 12 and 13 May, you will find us in Hall A3.554 where we will be happy to show you the latest innovations our team of experts have developed.

THE SPECIALIST YOU NEED FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SOLUTION.

With over 20 years of experience, we are the best partner to advise you in finding the best solution for your special application of PV module manufacturing. Making it an exclusive and profitable solution for you.

VISIT US AND LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TURNKEY LINES AND INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT.

At our stand, you will find information on the most advanced and automated high-tech turnkey lines along with individual machines, all of them developed by the Mondragon Assembly Team.

WE ENSURE THE TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION OF ALL OUR SOLUTIONS

We live in constant change and the PV industry is no exception. We are aware that the technological evolution in the solar industry is a concern for module manufacturers. That’s why we work alongside the most well-known technological centres to bring you the best solutions available in the PV industry.

We are the best partner to guide you in the technological evolution of your solution. This approach helps us to ensure that none of our partners are left behind.

INNOVATION AND IP

Since our foundation in 1977, we have been committed to innovation as a means of achieving growth, dedicating large part of our resources to promoting new product research and development, and extending our comprehensive service offering.

We own several patents, Continous String being the most noteworthy one due to the amazing results it offers to our customers. It is a revolutionary concept that increases the  throughput by more than 10%.

So, what you are waiting for?

Come and visit us at stand A3.554 or if you prefer you can easily arrange an appointment with our experts through our website. Intersolar is the perfect place to get to know our PV experts and get best advice for a tailored solution that meets your needs.

After seven years of collaboration between the two companies and a collaborative development of a new product, Mondragon Assembly acquires 60% of the Asian company, QHD Visual Automation Equipment Co, which will allow it to strengthen its position in the solar market incorporating the most innovative laminator machine in the market in its portfolio.

Pad-Press multistack laminator machine, the new most efficient membrane-free lamination solution on the market.

This innovative machine will allow customers to offer a top quality solution and improve their competitiveness in the market. Thanks to the development carried out between the two companies, Mondragon Assembly and VISUAL have developed a laminator that offers maximum performance in terms of quality in the lamination process. In addition, the membrane-free solution substantially improves the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) due to the significant reduction of downtime.

Not using the membrane in the complete lamination process allows customers to reduce the operating costs of the line, a benefit that makes the difference and gives the possibility to offer more competitive solutions and products in the market. “This step has been the key in the development of this new machine. With the Pad-Press Membrane-free system, we have combined the best laminating quality with a solution that will allow our customers to considerably reduce operating costs and increase machine availability,” says Oier Aliaga, Process Manager of the Solar Business and responsible for the development of this new solution.

This new laminator is valid for any type of PV module, but it is specially designed for Glass-Glass modules that go in line with market trends and new applications such as BIPV, VIPV and Integrated Photovoltaics. The solution presents other benefits in addition to those mentioned above, such as an innovative hydraulic pressure controlled system, with the aim of ensuring maximum quality, alignment and uniformity of the panel, completely avoiding the “edge-pinching” effect. With regard to the heating system, which is also a critical aspect in lamination, this laminator has 2 heating plates, which improves the lamination cycle time.

Mondragon Assembly continues to strengthen its position in the solar market.

After seven years of collaboration with Visual and the success of this new development, Mondragon Assembly has acquired 60% of the capital of QHD Visual Automation Equipment Co., Ltd with the aim of further establishing itself as a global supplier of turnkey automatic lines for the manufacture of PV modules. Visual is a high-tech company engaged in the design and manufacture of PV module lamination equipment, automation and visual inspection systems. It is located in Qinghuangdao City, where it provides automation solutions mainly for the solar, glass and ceramics industries.

“The acquisition of QHD Visual Automation Equipment Co., Ltd. is part of the roadmap of our Strategic Plan, where we determined that we had to be proactive in the search for new alliances that would allow us to create new business opportunities and that would strengthen our competitive advantage over the competitors.” Iñaki Madina, Solar Business Director, points out: The final details of this acquisition were finalised in the first quarter of the year. “This new milestone is a step forward for Visual as well, as this new alliance will give us the opportunity to continue working together to both develop new solutions and take our products global, as well as to respond to new challenges and applications that will undoubtedly arise in the future,” adds Mr Lui, CEO of QHD Visual Automation Equipment Co.

The many synergies between the two companies will foster the development of new and innovative solutions, which in turn will facilitate the acquisition of new customers and markets for both companies. “We are fully confident that this new milestone will lead us to work together to develop innovative automation solutions in our business that will increase market share and thus strengthen our position as a global turnkey manufacturer. A clear win-win situation for both parties,” emphasises Madina.

About Mondragon Assembly

Mondragon Assembly is an international group specialist in the development of automation and assembly solutions. The parent company in Spain, which is a cooperative, was created in 1977, one of the pioneers in the development of production and assembly technologies. Mondragon Assembly is divided into three business areas: Solar, E-Mobility & Energy Storage and Automation. Its main activities in each of these businesses include the development of turnkey lines and machines and contract manufacturing, being able to offer solutions anywhere in the world with their six production plants and three technical and sale offices.

Mondragon Assembly belongs to the MONDRAGON Corporation, one of the most important business groups in Europe.

About QHD Visual Automation Equipment Co., Ltd

QHD Visual Automation Equipment Co., Ltd is a high-tech and experienced Chinese company engaged in the design and manufacture of PV module lamination equipment, automation and visual inspection systems. It is currently headquartered in Qinghuangdao City, China and is one of the major emerging local players. The company has strong R&D capabilities and a good local customer base, mainly in the solar PV, glass and ceramics sectors.

Kosovo’s second-largest bank – ProCredit Bank Kosovo JSC – has launched a tender for the construction of a 3 MW ground-mounted solar plant in the municipality of Lipjan, in the country’s Pristina district. 

The project will be owned and developed by the special purpose vehicle Pro Energy LLC, which is jointly owned by ProCredit Bank Kosovo and its Frankfurt-based parent company, ProCredit Holding AG & Co KGaA.

Interested developers will have time until August 31 to submit their project proposals.

If built, the solar plant will become the country’s first solar park. Currently, Kosovo’s grid operator, KOSTT, is also planning a 150 MW PV facility in the municipality of Gjakova, in the southwestern part of the country.

Kosovo had just 10 MW of installed PV capacity at the end of 2020, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. The country recently raised its renewable energy target to an additional 400 MW of capacity by 2026. That would be enough to meet a quarter of its power demand and would reduce dependence on aging coal-fired power plants.

Most of Kosovo’s electricity is supplied as imports or from two lignite-fired thermal power plants, the 40-year-old Kosovo A Power Station (with a 345 MW generation capacity) near Pristina, and the upgraded, 27-year-old, Kosovo B Power Station (540 MW) in Obilić.

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    Switzerland-based Varo Energy Group and Groupe E have announced the construction of the largest photovoltaic ground-mounted system in the country to date.

    The facility will have a capacity of 7.7MW and will rely on 19,000 solar modules of the latest generation from the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM).

    The photovoltaic power plant is being built in the immediate vicinity of the refinery operated by Varo in an industrial area in Cressier. The solar power will be fed directly into the refinery’s medium-voltage grid.

    The estimated annual generation is 8.4GWh, which is expected to cover more than 60% of the refinery’s electricity requirements. The completion of the photovoltaic system is scheduled for November 2022. According to the companies, the investment costs amount to around 6.5 million CHF (US$7.1 million).

    Upon completion of the plant, the area will be accessible to wildlife. In addition, further measures to preserve biodiversity are planned, which are intended to protect birds and mammals. Due to the existing high hedges and trees, the solar park is then hardly visible.

    Mondragon Assembly is a European leader in the production of technological equipment for solar modules manufacturing, covering several cutting-edge technologies.

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      We are pleased to invite you to one of the most important events of the American Solar industry.

      Intersolar North America is just around the corner!

      On the 13th, 14th and 15th of January, you will find us at Booth Number 2111 where we will be happy to show you the latest innovations that our team of experts have developed.

      TAILOR-MADE TURNKEY LINES FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SOLUTION.

      With over 20 years of experience, we are the best partner to advise you in finding the best solution for your unique application of PV module manufacturing. Making it an exclusive and profitable solution for you.

      When visiting our stand, you will find information on the most advanced and automated high-tech turnkey lines, all of which have been developed by the Mondragon Assembly Team.

      INNOVATION AND IP. CONTINUOUS STRING, PATENT OWNED BY MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY.

      Since our foundation in 1977, we have been committed to innovation as a means of achieving growth, dedicating a large part of our resources to promoting new product research and development, and extending our comprehensive service offering.

      We own several patents, Continous String being the most noteworthy one due to the fantastic results it offers to our customers. It is a revolutionary concept that increases the throughput by more than 10%.

      WE ENSURE YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION.

      We live in constant change, and the PV industry is no exception. We are aware that the technological evolution in the solar industry is a concern for module manufacturers. That’s why we work alongside the most well-known technological centres to bring you the best solutions available in the PV industry. We are the best partner to guide you in the technological evolution of your solution. This approach helps us to ensure that none of our partners are left behind.

      So, what you are waiting for?

      Come and visit us at booth 2111 or if you prefer you can easily arrange an appointment with our experts through our website. Intersolar is the perfect place to get to know our PV experts and get best advice for a tailored solution that meets your needs.

      The European equipment manufacturer already includes in its portfolio the solutions for the interconnection of HJT cells being its groundbreaking Tabber&Stringer ECA industrial machine already a market reality.

      A month ago we heard about the news on the continuation of the collaboration agreement between MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY and CEA at INES, with the former aiming to strengthen its position for the newest technologies in the field of high-efficiency photovoltaic modules, with a particular focus on heterojunction. This collaboration aims to offer clients latest generation production equipment and assembly lines. Recent studies point towards the efficiency of this type of cells exceeding that of the sector’s well-known PERx cell modules.

      Therefore, the present challenge for the solar sector, in which Mondragon Assembly is currently immersed, strives to develop solutions that provide increased performance in terms of conversion efficiency, a reduction in losses, increased performance and economic competitiveness.  In short, providing solutions that allow to find a balance between efficiency and cost for its clients.

       

      Equipment for HJT solutions, a reality for Mondragon Assembly

      Thanks to the collaboration that Mondragon Assembly has established with CEA at INES, the manufacturer of high-tech equipment already has its high-precision Tabber&Stringer machine with Electrically Conductive Adhesive (ECA) technology for the HJT high-efficiency cell technology and is capable of producing up to 2,600 HJT cells per hour.

      For this new development which comes with independent printing of both sides of the cells, flexibility is a key factor of this machine, since it can produce strings of up to 15BB with cell sizes of up to M12 (210mm), in addition also it is able to handle cells as thin as 110 µm. It is also compatible with Gapless and Paving technologies.

      Thanks to the multiple vision controls it has been fitted with, this new machine guarantees the precision and quality of the manufactured strings, which allows to increase the efficiency of the machine and obtain better manufacturing results in less time.

      However, the developments and commitment made by Mondragon Assembly go a step further and the company is currently developing a welding solution for HJT. It is a known fact that this type of cells cannot endure very high temperatures, hence tests and new developments are underway to also enable the equipment manufacturer to offer this type of solutions in future.

      Which are the trends in both technology and applications that will shape the solar sector in Europe? These and many other questions were answered at the Solar Energy Sector Forum of the Energy Cluster (ACE) that took place on the 11th of November at Tecnalia’s headquarters in Zamudio. Mondragon Assembly’s Solar Business Director, Iñaki Madina, took part in the forum.

      The session reviewed the current situation of the photovoltaic sector and, in greater depth, a series of innovative technological approaches that are revolutionizing the current panorama and which offer promising prospects for the future, including advances in new generations of cells and modules with greater efficiency; emerging market niches such as floating photovoltaics or agrivoltaics; and digitalization applied to the optimization of operation and maintenance processes in photovoltaic plants.

      Mondragon Assembly, participation in the Forum

      At the conference, Iñaki Madina analyzed the current situation of the solar sector worldwide and the vectors on which it will be necessary to focus in order to achieve a competitive business ecosystem for PV sector in Europe.

      “This event has served as a key to show the competitive and changing environment in which we are moving and what should be the way forward to ensure that Europe is once again a pioneer in technology and new applications in our sector. Our commitment is clear: new technologies and collaboration with research and development centers in the sector to offer our customers the special solutions and differentiation they need to gain competitive advantage againts the competition” said Iñaki Madina.

      Together with Madina, relevant companies and agents of the sector, such as Meyer Burger, Tecnalia, PI Berlin, Branka Solutions, Lortek, Isigenere, Emica Solar and Dominion, participated in this forum.

      Attractive patent with great interest in the solar sector

      The current patent from 2013 provides us with some results not previously seen in the manufacture of strings.
      Seeing the interesting results offered by the patent, Mondragon Assembly faced a legal dispute some years ago with a solar machinery manufacturer, which the Chinese court settled in favour of Mondragon Assembly.
      At present, the Basque Country machinery manufacturer has already negotiated some agreement with one of the most prominent companies in the solar industry.

      Continuous String and its advantages

      The patented “Continuous String” process is a method of manufacturing a continuous string, which means any adverse effects arising from “first” and “last” cell can be eliminated. During this process, a cut is made between two cells to create individual strings from one infinite string.

      In so doing, this system increases the machine’s productivity by 10%. Furthermore, this method allows the ribbon/wire to be kept under control at all times, increasing the quality of the alignment and reducing the number of defective strings.

      Information request

      For more information, Mondragon Assembly will be in at Intersolar 2021 (Munich) from 6 to 8 October. We can also be contacted at any time via the Mondragon Assembly website.

      We are pleased to invite you to one of the most important events of the European Solar industry, Intersolar Europe Restart 2021 is just around the corner!

      On 6, 7 and 8 October,  you will find us in Hall A5.240 where we will be happy to show you the latest innovations our team of experts have developed.

      THE SPECIALIST YOU NEED FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SOLUTION.

      With over 20 years of experience, we are the best partner to advise you in finding the best solution for your special application of PV module manufacturing. Making it an exclusive and profitable solution for you.

      WE ENSURE YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION

      We live in constant change and the PV industry is no exception. We are aware that the technological evolution in the solar industry is a concern for module manufacturers. That’s why we work alongside the most well-known technological centres to bring you the best solutions available in the PV industry. We are the best partner to guide you in the technological evolution of your solution. This approach helps us to ensure that none of our partners are left behind.

       

      HIGH-TECH TURNKEY LINES AND INDIVIDUAL MACHINES

      We are a European leader in technological solar equipment. When visiting our stand, you will find information on the most advanced and automated high-tech turnkey lines along with individual machines, all of which have been developed by the Mondragon Assembly Team.

      INNOVATION AND IP

      Since our foundation in 1977, we have been committed to innovation as a means of achieving growth, dedicating large part of our resources to promoting new product research and development, and extending our comprehensive service offering.

      We own several patents, Continous String being the most noteworthy one due to the amazing results it offers to our customers. It is a revolutionary concept that increases the  throughput by more than 10%.

      So, what you are waiting for?

      Come and visit us at stand A5.240 or if you prefer you can easily arrange an appointment with our experts through our website. Intersolar is the perfect place to get to know our PV experts and get best advice for a tailored solution that meets your needs.

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