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Solar Skies in Alexandria recently added laser welding capabilities by installing a full plate laser welder, the first and only of its kind in the U.S. The new machine will allow Solar Skies to weld copper absorber plates, manufacture full sheet aluminum absorber plates and more. (Contributed photo)

Solar Skies installs first full plate laser welder in U.S.

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For more than one year, Solar Skies Mfg., LLC in Alexandria has been working on a new absorber plate to offer to the marketplace in addition to its copper fin-tube absorber plates. Solar Skies added laser welding capabilities by installing the first and only full plate laser welder in the U.S.

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While aluminum absorbers with copper tubes are the standard in Europe, they have not been manufactured in the U.S. previously.

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