Solar Cell Production Site Has Been Launched at the Hevel Factory, RUSNANO Portfolio Company

21 February 2017

A phased launch of main systems of the modernized process line with almost doubled capacity has been started at the factory for production of solar modules by Hevel (joint venture of Renova Group and RUSNANO) in Novocheboksarsk. The site of production of photoelectric converters (PEC) constituting a solar module has been launched before other sites.

PEC production is the main and the most complex phase of the solar module manufacturing process. The key performed operations are silicon wafer texturing, application of layers of amorphic silicon, silver or tin oxide thereon by means of magnetrons, current pickup application. The combination of these operations leads to increase of solar energy to electricity conversion ratio.

The applied heterostructure-based technology has been developed by R&D Centre of Hevel. It combines main advantages of crystal modules (high efficiency, lack of light-induced degradation) and thin-film modules (high efficiency at raised temperatures of module operation, better perception of scattered light).

At the same time, the commissioning of the site where the cells are assembled into solar modules is coming to its end. By the end of March, the factory specialists plan to adjust all processes and proceed to solar modules production.

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RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.

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The Hevel Group (founded in 2009) is the largest Russian integrated company in the solar energy sector. The company includes a production facility (a photovoltaic module production plant in the city of Novocheboksarsk, Chuvash Republic), a development unit (for the design and construction of solar power plants) and a Science and Technology Centre for Thin-Film Energetics Technologies (in St. Petersburg), which is the largest specialist scientific organization in Russia focusing on research and development in the field of photovoltaics. Since 2017 Hevel has been producing solar modules in its factory, using its own heterostructure technology. The factory’s current production capacity is 160 MW, and it is planned that the company’s output of solar modules will increase to 260 MW a year in 2019.

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