From pv magazine Germany

Meyer Burger has adjusted its production plans for the current and future years. It has estimated production volumes between 320 MW and 370 MW for its heterojunction solar modules. It initially aimed to produce 500 MW of high-performance modules at its module plant in Freiberg, Germany.

In the first half of 2022, 108 MW of solar modules will roll off the assembly line. A volume of between 210 MW and 260 MW is expected in the second half of the year.

Meyer Burger also recently announced a further expansion of solar cell and module production in Germany up to 1.4 GW annual output volume. It said this week that the ramp-up of the first line with an annual nominal capacity of 400 MW is technically complete. The ramp-up of other lines is expected to start in September. This means that a production capacity of 1.0 GW to 1.2 GW should be available for the coming year, according to Meyer Burger’s expectations. It was originally expected to be 1.35 GW.

It says that the production facility currently has a lower than expected throughput, compared to the nominal capacity. The delayed start points to ongoing bottlenecks in global supply chains.

In addition, the throughput of the currently operating line is affected by the planned closure for the merger with another line. Due to the high demand for all three module variants, frequent product changes are now necessary. This also had a negative impact on the overall production volume, but Meyer Burger said it would like to minimize this impact in the future.

Demand in Europe and the US for heterojunction modules is still strong, it said. Despite higher average selling prices, it passes the higher cost of material purchases on to customers. The allocation of quotas for customers for the second quarter of 2023 continues today. This is necessary due to limited production quantities.

Meyer Burger will initially continue to focus on the growing and high-margin residential segment. Initially, the manufacturer wants to sell up to 30% of its production volume in the coming year. But by 2023, almost all of the expected sales volume will go to the roof market, the company said.

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