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Dr. Erik Ansorge

Head of Equipment Design & Protoyping
Meyer Burger

Scaling solar manufacturing

For almost 70 years, Meyer Burger has been the technological backbone of the industry and set standards – from diamond wire saws and industrial PERC solutions to precision measurement technology for solar modules. The vast majority of solar modules produced worldwide today are based on technologies developed by Meyer Burger.

Now we are taking the next step and have reinvented our business model: As a manufacturer of high-performance photovoltaic cells and modules, we are using the heterojunction/SmartWire technology we developed to lead photovoltaics into a new era worldwide. In terms of energy yield and efficiency, we define new standards and combine them with first-class design.

The continuous growth of the company and its manufacturing sites demands a complete approach for its automation concepts. This includes not only the tool related cell handling, the cell transport through the factories and between different manufacturing locations and the final solar module assembly, but also the traceability of components and the collection and analysis of production data to improve the process chain and to guarantee the quality of the final products.

The given presentation gives a short outlook of the expansion planes of Meyer Burger and the challenges that come along with scaling the technology to a multi-GW-production.

About Dr. Erik Ansorge

  • 1997 studies of electrical engineering, microsystems and device engineering at Chemnitz University of Technology and University of Delaware (USA)
  • 2003 research engineer at University of Magdeburg (microsystems, technology + sensor development, MIDs)
  • 2010 project manager product development, Roth&Rau AG (MOCVD-tool development)
  • 2012 Head of Mechanical Engineering, Roth&Rau AG / Meyer Burger (Germany) GmbH
  • 2023 Head of Equipment Design & Prototyping, Meyer Burger (Germany) GmbH