Spire Corporation (Spire), a US-based provider of solar factories, has upgraded and expanded its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) located at its headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts. The ATC comprises of a state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) module production line for product development and PV material evaluations, including solar cells. ATC also comprises of the company’s module manufacturing equipment for customer evaluation and training.

Spire’s long-pulse solar simulator, cell string assembler, cell tester and lamination equipment are all available in ATC.

Additionally, the ATC is staffed to provide technical and engineering support for the assembly of customer modules. Modules manufactured for Spire’s production line customers can be utilized for early certification to speed up their entry into the market. The ATC laboratory is able to manufacture modules that qualify for US and international standards like UL 1703 and IEC 61215.

Roger G. Little, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Our investment in the ATC has been made to support Spire’s ‘Come to America’ program. This program is designed to bring international module manufacturers to the U.S. to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Stimulus Bill funding. The bill funding is aimed at putting more solar energy on line and creating millions of new jobs in America. It promises to make the U.S. the fastest growing PV market in the world over the next few years. This facility is an important asset to our bringing new manufacturers on line rapidly.”