REC Group signed a major manufacturing equipment supply agreement with Maxwell Technologies, covering equipment for REC’s latest heterojunction technology (HJT) innovation, REC Alpha Pure-R. REC and Maxwell have had a close relationship since 2017 when REC first launched its N-Peak product and used Maxwell’s print line for its TOPCon cells.
Production started this September at REC’s site in Singapore based on Maxwell’s equipment, doubling REC’s HJT Alpha capacities from 600 MW to 1.2 GW. Even before, REC received orders from plenty customers across the US, Europe and Asia.
The REC Alpha Pure-R Series was unveiled at Intersolar Europe 2022 as the world’s highest-power solar panel for residential installations with G12 HJT cells. Featuring half-cut HJT cells in the large G12 format in a patented panel design, it delivers power output of up to 430 Wp, while keeping the module under 21 square feet in area.
“For REC, this supply agreement means we have a reliable partner with a cost-effective and aggressive R&D roadmap, well matching our future product portfolio,” says Shankar G. Sridhara, CTO at REC Group. “With a strong manufacturing capacity, Maxwell is also able to meet REC’s aggressive ambition to become a multi-GW HJT player in the solar industry in the coming years.”
Over the past two and half years, the two companies have successfully expanded their collaboration on HJT cell and module equipment, the key foundation for the new REC Alpha Pure-R Series.
“REC’s choice allows us to see a brighter prospect of global HJT market. In the future, we will continue to strengthen our R&D capability to provide the more advanced and improved HJT manufacturing turn-key solution to customers,” stated Jian Zhou, Chairman of Maxwell Technologies.