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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.
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