Morocco - Italian PV manufacturing equipment maker Ecoprogetti has supplied a fully automated PV module production line to Almaden Morocco. The PV module production line is Africa’s largest and most modern and has the capacity to produce both glass-glass and bifacial modules of up to 250MW.
The new production line which is equipped with the latest technologies is expected to be commissioned in late October 2018 with production starting immediately.
The PV module plant that was installed in a new factory in Al Hoceima in northern Morocco will make Almaden Morocco a significant PV manufacturer in Africa.
The configuration of the automatic production line supplied by Ecoprogetti was designed to manufacture the highest quality of glass-glass solar panels. And the most important parts of the production line are the stringer machines and laminators.
In a statement, Ecoprogetti says their Electric Laminator (ECOLAM DS 10) has the shortest and most reliable cycle times as well as the best temperature uniformity over complete plates. This enables a rapid lamination process with excellent gel content tests results, the company adds.
Ecoprogetti also points out that each heating plate of the laminator can be controlled separately to optimize the lamination of each panel produced. In addition the ECOLAM’s fast air evacuation system blocks the formation of air bubbles in the panel during the lamination process which makes this laminator one of the most efficient in the market.
Almaden Morocco will benefit from Ecoprogetti’s local support network in the whole of North Africa which will ensure assistance with further know-how for a correct quality production process.
In addition every machine of the PV module plant is connected to Ecoprogetti via the internet to ensure remote assistance.
Almaden Morocco’s factory is one of the first energy efficient manufacturing facilities in Morocco with more than 700KWp of roof top PV panels providing all the power needed by the factory.