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The beginning of a new year always seems to bring about surprises. Recent budget legislation passed by Congress surprised many with the renewal of the tax incentives for Solar Power.
According to Bloomberg News Energy Finance (BNEF) the “unexpected boost to the solar power industry will change the course of deployment in the U.S.” The article continues, “The extension will add an extra 20 gigawatts of solar power -- more than every panel installed in the U.S. prior to 2015.”
US headquartered manufacturing companies like First Solar, Sun Power, Solarcity and several others now have the incentive to expand their manufacturing facilities in light of the certainty of the investment credit. What was to be a tumultuous, very busy year for Solar Manufacturers in 2016 and then a sharp drop in 2017 will stabilize production and lead to more efficient operations.
For equipment suppliers like Bürkle this means continued growth in lamination and coating applications throughout the industry.
Bürkle’s multi-opening Ypsator Lamination System will provide the productive and economic growth opportunities for many solar power manufacturers around the world. In addition, the technological process improvements that have developed over the years will lead to higher overall quality, yield improvements and higher solar efficiencies.
New technological developments such as glass-glass PV modules will continue to expand their growth. Bürkle has continued to develop processes that will provide higher yields for glass-glass modules ensuring fast cycle times & high throughput, with optimized stress management and minimal edge compression.
Liquid Roller Coating will also grow for such applications as glass cleaning, primary imaging and anti-reflective coating.