One of the major decisions solar companies must make as they design new products is: how will this be manufactured? At Intersolar North America 2012 in San Francisco, I chatted with Sanmina-SCI Corporation who said it can help. Sanmina-SCI is a manufacturing solutions company that makes complex and innovative optical, electronic and mechanical products.
“Solar companies are inventing new products to keep up with the accelerating demand for solar energy,” said Tom Clawson, Sanmina-SCI’s Executive Vice President of Industrial Markets. “But developing the product is just the beginning. In order to get products to market reliably and quickly, companies must think through all aspects of manufacturing – such as design-for-manufacturability, integrating the latest technology and how to deliver the product in volume in the markets where it will be sold. That’s where Sanmina-SCI comes in. We have decades of experience in product design, technology and manufacturing. We partner with companies to provide the manufacturing expertise and capabilities they need to bring solar products to market.”
A recent example is Sanmina-SCI’s partnership with eSolar, a company that develops modular and scalable solar thermal power plant technology. eSolar chose Sanmina-SCI to manufacture the company’s new patent-pending heliostat product. The companies partnered to leverage their respective expertise in solar thermal energy solutions, technology, component design and manufacturing to offer industry-leading cost and value for utility-scale power plants.
Sanmina-SCI has been providing design and manufacturing services for the global renewable energy market for over five years. In the last 19 months, Sanmina-SCI has entered into agreements with KACO, Santerno, Satcon, SPARQ and Emerson in addition to eSolar to bring commercial and consumer solar products to market.