Ceramic Industry

Saint-Gobain to Build a Second Photovoltaic Plant

June 16, 2010

Saint-Gobain has announced that its subsidiary, Avancis, will build a new plant to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules to cover the roofs of residential, industrial and commercial buildings, as well as solar plants. The industrial site will be located in Torgau, Germany, where the group’s Saint-Gobain Glass (flat glass and coated glass), Saint-Gobain Sekurit (automotive glass) and Avancis (PV modules) are located.

The new plant will be Avancis’ second German facility manufacturing thin-film CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) PV panels. The facility, to be built near the first Avancis industrial site, will have a production output of 100 MWp/year, capable of supplying the electricity needs for cities of 15,000 inhabitants. With a surface area of 25000 square meters, the site is expected to come onstream by the first quarter of 2012.

“This project marks a new milestone in Saint-Gobain’s commitment to the renewable energy sector,” said Jean-Pierre Floris, president of the Innovative Materials Sector and senior vice president of Saint-Gobain. “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. 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. While being well-adapted for solar fields, the Avancis modules are particularly recommended for roof installation, being simple to mount, stylish and reliable.

For more information, visit www.saint-gobain.com.