Saint-Gobain inaugurates furnace for patterned solar glass

Saint-Gobain has inaugurated a new solar glass furnace at its Glass Renedo plant in Spain which will, says the company, double its output of patterned glass for the solar power and interior design mar…

Saint-Gobain has inaugurated a new solar glass furnace at its Glass Renedo plant in Spain which will, says the company, double its output of patterned glass for the solar power and interior design markets to an annual capacity of 60,000 tons of SGG Albarino glass. The 134 sq.m. furnace has a production capacity of 200 tons per day of extra clear SGG. The Renedo site supplies a quarter of Saint-Gobain“s global capacity in SGG Albarino glass, destined primarily for the domestic Spanish market, and for Europe. With this EUR 35 million (USD 50.6 million) investment, Saint-Gobain reports that it has completed its patterned glass production network and takes its commitment to solar power and the PV market in particular another step further. In this niche, the Group is aiming to achieve EUR 2 billion (USD 2.8 billion) in sales in 2015, compared to EUR 300 million (USD 434 million) in 2010. According to a statement issued by the company, PV must become a standard component of new buildings, as it is already the case for double glazing.