Eurolab has opened preproduction facility for back-contact solar

24.03.2017
Clients can test-manufacture back-contact solar panels at Eurolab. (Foto: Eurolab)
Clients can test-manufacture back-contact solar panels at Eurolab. (Foto: Eurolab)

Eurolab has opened a new lab facility that enables its clients to assess innovations in back-contact solar in a preproduction scale. Eurolab, based west of Rotterdam, is a sister company of Eurotron, a Dutch company providing equipment for manufacturing of back-contact solar PV modules. Eurolab will acquire Eurotron’s current in-house test centre and operate completely independently from Eurotron, located a short walking distance away from Eurotron's manufacturing facilities.

“Eurolab will meet a market need,” said Bram Verschoor, CCO at Eurotron. “Back-contact solar panels represent a strongly upcoming market. During recent years, our test centre successfully completed tests on behalf of a wide range of clients. Although our clients may wish to enter the back-contact solar market, they will want to build a strong case before venturing in. Eurolab is providing just that: our new test facility will add value by facilitating small-scale experiments in a strictly confidential environment, and takes our current in-house test centre to the next level.”

Eurolab will serve four target groups: clients, solar challenge teams, science institutes and material suppliers. The latter two run tests that support their research and development; clients and solar challenge teams, on the other hand, will be serviced with a fully secured environment for preproduction of their back-contact innovations.

“Preproduction is a development accelerator,” explained Bart de Gier, R&D engineer. “Clients can test-manufacture solar panels before they purchase the equipment needed to set up a fully fledged production line. Based on a small batch, certification can be applied for, while our client hasn’t even begun manufacturing their new product, saving months of waiting time.”

According to Bart de Gier, Eurolab combines the best of two worlds. “Eurolab operates completely independently from Eurotron, and is managed as a separate legal entity with staff exclusively devoted to Eurolab. At the same time, Eurolab harbours the knowledge and experience of Eurotron thanks to a strong cooperation between the two entities. This means guaranteed confidentiality, while building on the expertise that Eurotron acquired over the years.”

Volker Buddensiek / Eurolab

 

 

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