Oerlikon Solar WINS Solar Industry Award

EU PVSEC 2011: highest development potential for innovation, once again certified EU PVSEC Hamburg (Germany) / Trubbach (Switzerland), September 6, 2011 for the third time in a row has Oerlikon solar the solar industry award in the category of thin film innovation won. The internationally advertised prize is awarded in annually by the British trade magazine solar PV management. “The jury Oerlikon solar’s new production line ThinFabTM as the winner of the thin film innovation award” from. The prize was awarded today on the occasion of the 26sten European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg. “The awarding of the solar industry awards 2011 for our ThinFabTM fills us with pride and is after the sale of the first 120 MW-Micromorph -production line to Asia a further confirmation of the high level of acceptance and innovation our thin film silicon solar technology”, said of Helmut Frankenberger, CEO of Oerlikon solar. The excellent ThinFabTM by Oerlikon solar is a production facility for the mass production of environmentally sustainable thin film silicon solar modules. In June 2011, a customer from Asia issued the first order for a complete 120-MW Micromorph production line (ThinFabTM).

Also Oerlikon Solar won various existing customers since the launch of the ThinFabTM upgrade orders. The ThinFabTM provides the following benefits: cost: the ThinFabTM reduced to EUR 0.50/WP the “total cost of ownership” for solar modules the lowest value in the solar industry. Energy efficiency: compared to other solar manufacturing process, producing the Oerlikon thin film Silicon modules requires the least energy. Is the “energy payback time” Oerlikon technology less than a year. Practical advantages: thin film Silicon modules are advantageous under actual operating conditions, E.g. at an overcast sky or high temperatures, while significantly decreases the efficiency of crystalline solar cells. Ecological: The thin film Silicon modules contain no toxic additives such as cadmium.

Sustainability: The Oerlikon solar technology has further potential to increase efficiency and productivity, as evidenced by the ThinFabTM laboratory world record cell with a degree of efficiency by 11.9%. Oerlikon solar modules are suitable for all roof types and open-space applications. With its attractive design and their transparency they integrate in building. Awarded the solar industry awards, our investment in research and development, and our leading position in the thin-film technology for the third time are confirmed. We will offer our customers also in future production quality with a competitive price / performance ratio”, so Peter Tinner, head of sales & marketing of Oerlikon solar.

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