Saint-Gobain: construction of second photovoltaic module plant

As part of its solar power growth strategy, Saint-Gobain has announced that its subsidiary Avancis, will be building a new plant in Torgau, Germany, to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules for roofs of r…

As part of its solar power growth strategy, Saint-Gobain has announced that its subsidiary Avancis, will be building a new plant in Torgau, Germany, to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules for roofs of residential, industrial and commercial buildings and solar plants. The Group is already present in Torgau with Saint-Gobain Glass (flat glass and coated glass), Saint-Gobain Sekurit (automotive glass) and Avancis (PV modules). The new Avancis plant, the second in this area, 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 25,000 sq.m., the site is scheduled to come on stream by the first quarter of 2012. 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.