1.12.2005: Meldung:Spire Solar to Provide EverQ with Test Equipment
The SPI-MODULE QA system, which transfers modules to Spire"s SPI-SUN SIMULATOR, automatically tests the module, checks for proper grounding and insulation of the module, prints and applies the corresponding label, and then moves it to its next station. The SPI-MODULE QA 460 was originally developed under the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) program. Spire commercialized the equipment and now offers it as a standard product for the PV module manufacturing market. It was further customized by Spire and Evergreen Solar in order to match specific needs and requirements of EverQ.
Roger Little, CEO and Chairman of Spire Corporation, said, "Spire Solar has successfully partnered with EverQ and its engineering group to develop an innovative solution to a common manufacturing need. We are especially pleased that EverQ returned to Spire for this equipment, after installing and utilizing a similar unit in the Evergreen Solar USA factory. Spire Solar will continue its focus to develop state-of-the-art solar manufacturing equipment to meet the growing needs of the PV industry."
Rudi Renner, COO of EverQ, said, "The Evergreen Solar engineering personnel were satisfied with the performance of the Spire tester and recommended that we use it for our first production line in Thalheim. This provides us with continuity and will help us stay on our aggressive schedule."
About EverQ GmbH
EverQ GmbH is a strategic partnership between Evergreen Solar, Inc. and Q-Cells AG. EverQ is in the process of building an integrated wafer, cell and module factory in Thalheim Germany, which is about 100 miles from Berlin. Evergreen Solar owns approximately 75% of the partnership and Q-Cells owns the balance. The EverQ factory will produce modules exclusively for Evergreen Solar.
About Spire Corporation
Spire Corporation is a diversified technology company providing innovative solar energy manufacturing equipment, biomedical devices and optoelectronic components, all based upon a common technology platform. For more information visit www.spirecorp.com.
Certain matters described in this news release may be forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of dependence on market growth, competition and dependence on government agencies and other third parties for funding contract research and services, as well as other factors described in the Company"s Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Rodger W. LaFavre, 781-275-6000
Chief Operating Officer
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