Through the Mondragon module production line installed for AIO, Egypt's armed forces ail to develop local industrial capability and self-reliance in the manufacture of high-technology products and associated equipment, said Mondragon Assembly. (Photo Credit: Mondragon Assembly)
- Mondragon Assembly has installed a 60 MW solar PV module manufacturing line in Egypt for Arab International Optronics (AIO)
- The flexible production line can produce both 60-cell and 72-cell modules, glass-glass and bifacial modules at the rate of more than 40 modules an hour
- The line will be commissioned latest by February 2019 and manufacturing activities will start in March 2019
Spanish solar module production equipment manufacturer Mondragon Assembly has installed a 60 MW PV module manufacturing line in Cairo, Egypt for Arab International Optronics (AIO). It is expected to begin manufacturing activities in March 2019. Sales Director of the Spanish company, Haythem Zhioua said the line is going to be commissioned latest by February 2019.
The line can assemble both 60-cell and 72-cell modules, glass-glass and bifacial modules, said Mondragon Assembly. It can churn out more than 40 modules per hour, which brings down the need for excessive operations and maintenance using infra-red and induction technologies that are easy to operate, the company said.
This, it added, is the 7th line that the company has installed in the MENA region, and that another 100 MW worth of equipment is being shipped to another customer in Egypt.
Part of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, AIO is a National Service Projects Organization, and is a manufacturer of advanced optical, electro optical and electronics systems for military and commercial applications. Through AIO, the Egyptian armed forces aim to develop a local industrial capability and self-reliance in the manufacture of high-technology sites and associated equipment.
In May 2018, China’s GCL signed a MoU with Egypt’s Ministry of Military Production to establish a 5 GW fully vertically integrated PV production facility in Egypt for $2 billion (see GCL MoU For 5 GW Silicon To Panel Fab In Egypt).