While numerous companies like Bosch and Siemens are backing out of the solar industry, the competitive environment of Scandinavian-German solar module manufacturer, Innotech Solar (ITS), has improved.
- Innotech Solar is to ramp up its module production capacity from 60MW to 100MW and could even expand to 170MW
The company is increasing its production in Halle/Saale in Germany and Glava in Sweden, allowing Innotech Solar to take the next step in achieving its full production capacity of 100 megawatts (MW). In the medium term, this capacity could be increased to 170 MW.
Innotech Solar’s business model is based on creating cost advantages with innovative production processes: Research teams have developed a process that enhances the performance of low-efficiency solar cells by using thermal imaging to detect low-performing cell areas and then automatically isolating them with special lasers. After processing, the cells are thoroughly examined with more thermal imaging to ensure that they are free of hot spots, which would damage the solar modules and result in significant loss of profits.
Cell optimization takes place in Halle/Saale and the cells are assembled to modules in Glava, Sweden. Innotech Solar enjoys considerable cost advantages with its strategy of buying cheap, low-efficiency solar cells and economically restoring their performance to full capacity. This allows the manufacturer to use only the highest-quality components for its modules. Aside from buying EVA from the Japanese market leader, the company only uses components supplied by European brand manufacturers. ITS modules are particularly environmentally-friendly. Thanks to the unique production process, the carbon footprint of ITS modules is more than 50% below that of conventional European modules.