September 12, 2013 - Singulus Technologies signed a framework agreement with M-Cells from China, for the delivery of up to 16 vacuum coating machines. The contract between M-Cells and Singulus includes an option for the purchase of SINGULAR XP machines in the double-digit million range. The SINGULAR XP vacuum coating equipment is intended for the rear side passivation of crystalline PERC solar cells in the production of 500MW highly efficient multi-cells. The delivery for the first machine to China is already scheduled for the 1st quarter 2014.
Singulus Technologies and M-Cells signed a respective framework agreement at Singulus' site in Kahl am Main on September 12, 2013. For Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO of Singulus Technologies, and the Vice General Manager of M-Cells, Mr. Ximing Zhou, the cooperation in the area of solar cell production is an explicit goal for both companies.
The vacuum coating machine SINGULAR XP is intended for the passivation of cells' rear side at M-Cells' factory in China. The SINGULAR XP is specifically designed for the production capacity of a typical cell production line. In addition, Singulus' machine provides the advantage that the two layer systems required for the rear side passivation, aluminum oxide (AIOx) and silicon nitride (SiNx) can be applied without discontinuation of the vacuum.
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck comments: "The increase in efficiency of solar cells is extremely important. We are convinced that we will be able to combine the latest and cutting-edge technology from Germany with M-Cells' know-how for a mutual success." The Vice General Manager of M-Cells, Mr. Ximing Zhou, adds: "M-Cells has already reached important milestones in the area of multi-cell efficiency and I firmly believe that together with Singulus we will make rapid progress for M-Cells to continue its leading position in the international solar cell market."