Global engineering and construction company M+W Group has won a contract to design and construct an integrated 70MW PV production facility in San Juan Province, Argentina.
Under the contract, M+W will be in charge of engineering and construction, installation and management of the factory for monocrystalline silicon ingot to module production.
M+W, in conjunction with Schmid as general contractor, have bid for the tender launched by the San Juan utility company Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE) for the integrated factory construction.
EPSE plans to begin production from mid-2015 at the factory, which is being built on a surface area of 13,000m2, and also plans to include upstream polysilicon production later (in a second stage).
EPSE had selected Schmid to execute the project based on its experience in project management, process development, plant design, production and worldwide service.
Schmid is responsible for supplying advanced production systems, mainly from its own portfolio, that help cost-effectively produce high-efficiency solar cells.
Schmid will supply systems including the high-quality wafer -cleaning, which removes all organic residues, enabling the basis for efficient cells, and the TinPad system, which enables cost reduction with the use of tin instead of silver to manufacture rear side contacts and also improves cell performance.
The glass-foil modules being produced at the factory will cater the energy supply needs of the gold and copper mines as well as the irrigation systems in San Juan province. Additionally, Mercosur states are touted as potential sales markets for the modules.
M+W Group CEO Jurgen Wild said the company is significantly contributing to increase the solar power proportion of EPSE's total energy mix.
"Annual solar radiation of more than 2,300kWh every square meter offers the best conditions for this. At the same time, M+W Group can expand its global presence to include one further, important country," said Wild.
Image: Silver free cell backside with Tinpad system. Photo: courtesy of Schmid Group.