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Luvata wins solar award for Sunwire Calculator



(Pori, Finland 27 September 2017) At the Solar + Power 2017 Awards banquet held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Dylan Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Luvata Special Products was recognized in the category of 'Best Cost Management Tool' for its Sunwire Calculator. The Sunwire Calculator is an online tool that enables photovoltaic module manufacturers to make more informed decisions concerning their solar ribbon needs.



"We understand the pressure on manufacturers to improve product performance, manufacturing uptime and total cost of operation," indicates Tero Horttana, Product Group Manager with Luvata Special Products. "This award recognizes that to be a world class manufacturer of solar ribbon for the PV industry we must go beyond simply providing the highest quality products. We also need to have the expertise and tools to help."

With the introduction of the Sunwire Calculator, PV module manufacturers can optimize the amount of Sunwire ribbon per spool to accommodate the speed of tabbing machines and shift changes. In addition, it provides the opportunity to further refine module materials and Image L-R:  Tero Horttana and Janne OksanenSunwire ribbon for improved module efficiency and reduce overall material costs. The Sunwire Calculator requires a few simple details to determine the solar ribbon weight, the ribbon length per spool and even the ribbon length per solar panel.

Utilizing the Sunwire Calculator to determine the solar ribbon weight based on the copper width, copper thickness or coating thickness or the length of Sunwire depending on the number of cells and busbars per cells helps PV module manufactures determine the optimal results. These tools are available to solar panel manufacturers 24 hours a day and 7 days a week via the company's website.


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For more information please contact:

Susan Porter
Communications Director
Phone: +1 740 368 7750
Email: susan.porter[@]luvata.com

About Luvata

Luvata is a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services to industries such as renewable energy, automotive, healthcare, and power generation and distribution. The company's continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 1,300 staff in 7 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as ABB, CERN, Siemens and Toyota. Luvata is a group company of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation.


Have you done the math?

The yield strength, thickness and width of solar ribbon can directly influence production yields and decrease cell to module (CTM) losses by 20-30%.

Read more from the Sunwire Calculator datasheet


In May 2017, the Special Products division of Luvata was acquired by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation.


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