Silver paste supplier Heraeus and ribbon supplier Ulbrich join hands: Pictured are Chris Ulbrich, CEO Ulbrich; Ingrid Puschautz-Meidl, Managing Director Industrial Federation of Burgenland; Andre Kobelt, CTO Heraeus; Peter Berghofer, General Manager Ulbrich of Austria. (Photo Credit: Heraeus)
- Heraeus PV and Ulbrich of Austria have signed a joint development partnership agreement
- Heraeus will supply silver paste for solar cells and Ulbrich will use its innovations in PV ribbon to increase electrical output and performance of solar modules
- Both will look at developing a new product line to develop materials for the production of PV modules
A joint development partnership agreement was signed between Heraeus Photovoltaics of Germany and PV ribbon manufacturer Ulbrich of Austria. The two will focus on developing innovative products for assembly and packaging technology in the solar module industry.
Heraeus will provide silver paste for solar cells under the agreement, while Ulbrich will use its innovations in PV ribbon technologies to increase electrical output and performance of solar modules. They plan to start a new product line to develop materials for the production of PV modules.
“The announcement of this cooperation with Ulbrich is an important step which could significantly lower the cost per watt for PV module industry. We view this agreement as an exciting opportunity for Heraeus to embark upon as we look to continue to expand our global footprint in the field of renewable energies,” said Andre Kobelt, Chief Commercial & Technology Officer for Heraeus.
Heraeus PV is a global market leader in metallization pastes, which told TayingNews for its recent survey on metal contacts for solar cells that it supplied around 30 to 32% of the silver pastes consumed by the solar cell industry in 2017 (see Market Survey On Metallization Pastes). In March 2017, the German company announced that it will also be offering a coating material for quartz crucibles used for making multicrystalline ingots (see Heraeus’ Impurities Barrier For Crystallization).
Recently, Heraeus signed a strategic agreement with the world’s largest module supplier JinkoSolar of China to develop ‘super PV cells’.