For quality and top-level cost-effectiveness in solar module production – 3S presents a range of innovations at the EUPVSEC in Hamburg

The 3S solar group comprising the three companies Somont, 3S Swiss Solar Systems and Pasan is presenting its latest developments: highly automated turnkey production lines, the CERTUS string soldering machine, automatic laminating lines and a new process

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All of the 3S group’s products allow top levels of cost-effectiveness to be reached in the production of solar modules thanks to a unique combination of process reliability, rapid cycle times and maximum uptime and the excellent quality of the finished product.

3S provides solar module manufacturers with turnkey production lines in various degrees of automation from one single source. New fully automated solutions replace and simplify previously used production techniques. The result are production lines using the most modern technology with high availability rates and low levels of maintenance. 3S has developed new automated solutions for edge cutting, frame setting and junction box mounting. The automatic measuring and marking of the glass means that production processes are simplified and the modules can be precisely traced.

The new Somont stringing system CERTUS is the choice for production capacities from 50 – 100 MW per year. The CERTUS features a modular concept to match the desired capacity requirements. CERTUS integrates all elements needed at the front-end of the module production line with new, state-of-the art technology for the stringer, in-line string testing, matrix lay-up, interconnection, matrix testing and matrix lay-up on the glass plate.

Pasan has developed the new string tester HighLIGHT SIC (String inline control) in close cooperation with Somont for the new Somont CERTUS system. The flasher will perform a quality check for each string prior to its lay-up in the string matrix. The HighLIGHT SIC is the answer to cost-saving inline control of the module manufacturing process.

The 3S NG Laminator Series is based on the highly successful and proven 3S technology for encapsulation of solar modules. It combines highest technical availability, user friendliness and lowest total cost of ownership. The 3S Duplex Process features above state of the art cycle times for processing of crystalline and thin film modules. Output rises by more than 200% compared to standard lamination process due to faster heating up of the solar module and precise temperature control.

The EKZ (Electricity Works of Canton Zurich) and the ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) will be displaying the world’s first ever mobile solar laboratory. This is fitted with a highly accurate module tester by Pasan. The new measuring bus means that solar panels with dimensions up to 1.90 x 2.00 m can be measured on site with tried and tested Pasan measuring technology, before being finally integrated into a solar installation. The innovative concept supports the quality assurance of photovoltaic installations, in order to improve their cost-effectiveness. It also reduces logistic processes and increases flexibility.

In the “Room of Innovations” selected trade fair visitors can discuss new application-oriented developments and the future of solar module production with 3S experts.

Trade fair visitors will find 3S Industries AG at stand 40 in hall B5 from 21st to 24th September.

3S Industries AG

The solar concern 3S with its holding company 3S Industries and its subsidiaries Somont, 3S Swiss Solar Systems and Pasan, is the world's market leader for production equipment for the manufacture of solar modules. The Group covers the entire value-creation chain of solar module production and combines the key competences in the fields of soldering, laminating and testing under a single roof. Production installations from the solar concern guarantee stable, reliable processes, a high throughput and outstanding product quality with low wastage and high up-times.

With the automatic string soldering machines from Somont, the laminating lines from 3S Swiss Solar Systems and the testers from Pasan, customers around the globe produce solar modules whose performance, useful life, quality and output match the highest demands. The range encompasses individual machines as well as turnkey production lines with varying degrees of automation. 3S Swiss Solar Systems also develops and produces advanced, building-integrated solar systems for roofs, facades and shading solutions and makes full use of its comprehensive know-how in photovoltaics and production technology.

The headquarters of 3S Industries as well as the factories operated by 3S Swiss Solar Systems are located in Switzerland. The domicile and factory of Pasan is also in Switzerland, whereas Somont is located in Germany. The solar concern is also present with subsidiaries in the USA and Asia.

Contact 3S Industries AG:
Dr. Anja Knaus
Head of Corporate Communications
Schachenweg 24
CH 3250 Lyss
fon +41(0)32 391 1136 fax +41(0)32 391 1112
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