Saint-Gobain To Build A Second Plant To Produce High-efficiency Photovoltaic Modules In Germany

Date: 10 June 2010
Source: Saint-Gobain
As part of its solar power growth strategy, Saint-Gobain has announced that its subsidiary Avancis, will be building a new plant to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules to cover the roofsof residential, industrial and commercial buildings as well as solar plants.

This industrial site will be located in Torgau, Germany, where the Group is already present through Saint-Gobain Glass (flat glass and coated glass), Saint-Gobain Sekurit (automotive glass) and
Avancis (PV modules).
 
This new plant will be Avancis’ second German facility manufacturing thin-film CIGS (Copper- Indium - Gallium - Selenide) photovoltaic panels. It will be built close to the first Avancis industrial site. The new Avancis plant will have a production output of 100 MWp/year, capable of supplying year after year the electricity needs for cities of 15,000 inhabitants. With a surface area of 25,000m², the site should come on stream by the first quarter of 2012. The innovative technology based on depositing a coating of CIGS on a glass substrate offers a way to avoid traditional crystalline silicon and achieve higher conversion efficiencies than other thin-film technologies (above 12% industrially and up to 20% in the laboratory). It is also efficient at lower light levels, and offers competitive advantages in terms of manufacturing costs. In addition, its aesthetic style is particularly appealing. This technology requires leading-edge expertise when it comes to coating and thermally-treating glass material, two core-competency processes for Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading coated glass specialist for the building and automotive industries.
 
“This project marks a new milestone in Saint-Gobain’s commitment to the renewable energy sector. With this plant, Saint-Gobain will boost the industrial development of Avancis and help it become a major reference in the field of high-efficiency thin-film PV modules” explains Jean-Pierre Floris, President of the Innovative Materials Sector and Senior-Vice President of Saint-Gobain. This is an extremely promising technology which combines the low production costs associated with all thin-film based techniques, with efficiencies approaching the higher levels achieved using polycrystalline silicon cells. Whilst being well-adapted for solar fields, the Avancis modules are particularly recommended for roof installation, being simple to mount, stylish and reliable.
 
PV solar energy has grown at a fast pace, riding on public policy support, though it should soon be developing independently from the latter, considering its intrinsic competitiveness.The nominal power installed today at a global scale is around 10 GW, and this market is expected to grow 20 to 30 % annually between now and 2020. With this investment, Saint- Gobain, world leader in habitat, is taking its share in the soaring solar market and positioning itself as an innovation-driven player.

600450 Saint-Gobain To Build A Second Plant To Produce High-efficiency Photovoltaic Modules In Germany glassonweb.com
Date: 10 June 2010
Source: Saint-Gobain

See more from these topics:

Others also read

Mr. Jatzwauk leaves the board of Horn Glass Industries AG.
ISO-CHEMIE’s high performance expanding foam sealing tape ISO-BLOCO ONE has been specified for an innovative project that could herald a new approach to building affordable housing.
Roto will welcome visitors to “Fensterbau Frontale” as the newly crowned “2018 global market leader”.
Create an open work environment even with separated office and conference rooms – Auer Weber architects and artist Brigitte Waldach faced up to this Task in regards to the new construction of the Sparkasse Allgäu.
Lindner Fassaden GmbH was comissioned with the modernisation of the building envelope. The facade needed to fulfill several requirements.
Inline measuring process sets new standards in assessing anisotropies.

From industry

Is Kuleleri, Kule: 2, Kat: 22, 4. Levent
34330 Levent-Istanbul/İstanbul
Turkey

Am Pfahlgraben 4
35415 Pohlheim
Germany

Add new comment