Meyer Burger Technology AG, through its group company Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH, submitted a funding application for EUR 200 million in the EU-wide selection process of the European Innovation Fund in March 2023. The project "HOPE" (High-efficiency Onshore PV module production in Europe) submitted by Meyer Burger has prevailed as eligible for funding, the EU Commission announced today. HOPE involves the construction of an additional 3.5 gigawatts of production capacity for solar cells and solar modules by Meyer Burger in Germany and probably in Spain.
The project is among the eleven selected candidates for EU funding in the funding segment "Clean Tech Manufacturing". According to the EU Commission, a total of 239 projects applied in all funding segments, of which 41 were successful. In the area of photovoltaic production, the Norwegian company Norsun was also successful with a project to expand wafer production. Norsun and Meyer Burger are already in a supply relationship for solar wafers for Meyer Burger.
"We are very pleased that the EU Commission wants to support our project," says Gunter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger. "The EU is not only contributing to the decarbonization of the energy system and the transformation of the industry. It is equally investing in the resilience of supply chains in the solar industry."
The current EU Innovation Fund tender has a volume of €3.6 billion. The funds come from EU-ETS CO2 allowance trading and thus directly drive decarbonization. The EU-wide selection process took four months.
In a formal process, the EU Commission will issue the formal grant decision after this selection decision, which Meyer Burger expects to receive before the end of this year.
Link to the official portal of the Innovation Fund: Projects selected for grant preparation (europa.eu)
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