New Generation of Photovoltaic Panel

Date: 14 February 2006
Saint-Gobain Vitrage, Saint-Gobain’s Flat Glass Sector and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding to produce next-generation solar panels.Shell has developed a new generation of photovoltaïc panel based on C.I.S. (Copper Indium Selenide) thin film deposited on glass.

This panel does not incorporate silicon wafers. It has been successfully tested and offers record efficiency, especially under low illumination conditions.

Saint-Gobain Vitrage brings its experience and in-depth knowledge of thin-film layer deposits and glass transformation, developed after several years operating in the automotive and building markets.

This partnership will strengthen Saint-Gobain’s competitive advantages in its technical businesses through innovation, which is consistent with the Group strategy of increasing its R&D effort in the High Performance Materials and Flat Glass Sectors.

600450 New Generation of Photovoltaic Panel
Date: 14 February 2006

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