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15 Nov 2010

centro­therm photo­vol­taics subsi­diary FHR Anlagenbau receives major order for CIGS thin film solar cell production systems

FHR Anlagenbau GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics AG, has been awarded the contract to supply several roll-to-roll coating systems to Leipzig's Solarion AG.

FHR Anla­gen­bau GmbH, a wholly-owned sub­si­di­ary of centro­therm photo­vol­ta­ics AG, has won a major order to sup­ply sev­eral roll-to-roll coat­ing sys­tems to Leipzig-based Sol­arion AG. FHR Anla­gen­bau is a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of foil coat­ing sys­tems in the photo­vol­ta­ics area. The sys­tems will be shipped next year, and form a cent­ral com­pon­ent of a CIGS thin film solar cell pro­duc­tion sys­tem with an annual capa­city of 20 mega­watts (MW). The order is worth a double-digit amount in mil­lions of euros for FHR Anla­gen­bau, and will be entered in the order book as soon as cor­res­pond­ing pre­pay­ments have been made, in line with centro­therm photo­vol­ta­ics' com­pany policy. Sol­arion AG is plan­ning to expand pro­duc­tion to 180 MW at the Leipzig site together with stra­tegic investor Walsin Lihwa Cor­por­a­tion from Taiwan.

"CIGS tech­no­logy provides the highest effi­ciency poten­tial in the photo­vol­taic thin-film area”, explains Dr. Peter Fath, CTO of centro­therm photo­vol­ta­ics AG. The roll-to-roll pro­cess, where a plastic foil runs over a tape drive with sev­eral rolls, and is coated photo­vol­ta­ic­ally, also offers fur­ther advant­ages: "These flex­ible, light and unbreak­able cells are also par­tic­u­larly suited to large indus­trial roofs, and applic­a­tions such as the tex­tile, auto­mot­ive and aerospace indus­tries." He goes on to com­ment that thin film solar cells gen­er­ated using this roll-to-roll pro­ced­ure are unri­valled with regard to curved sur­faces.

FHR Anla­gen­bau GmbH and Sol­arion AG have already been jointly devel­op­ing tech­no­lo­gies and sys­tems to pro­duce extremely light and flex­ible CIGS thin film solar cells on plastic sub­strates since 2002. "The tre­mend­ous suc­cess of our many years of cooper­a­tion is reflec­ted in the fact that, with the fourth gen­er­a­tion of these foil coat­ing sys­tems, we are now tak­ing the step into the mass pro­duc­tion of flex­ible CIGS solar cells," was how Dr. Rein­hard Fend­ler, Man­aging Dir­ector of FHR Anla­gen­bau GmbH, expresses his pleas­ure at the devel­op­ment.

About centro­therm photo­vol­taics AG

centro­therm photo­vol­ta­ics AG, which is based at Blaubeuren, is the world's lead­ing tech­no­logy and equip­ment pro­vider for the photo­vol­ta­ics sec­tor. The com­pany equips well-known solar com­pan­ies and new sec­tor entrants with turn­key pro­duc­tion lines and single equip­ment to man­u­fac­ture sil­icon, crys­tal­line solar cells and thin film mod­ules. As a con­sequence, the Group pos­sesses a broad and well-foun­ded tech­no­lo­gical basis, as well as key equip­ment at prac­tic­ally all steps of the photo­vol­ta­ics value chain. centro­therm photo­vol­ta­ics guar­an­tees its cus­tom­ers import­ant per­form­ance para­met­ers such as pro­duc­tion capa­city, effi­cien­cies, and com­ple­tion dead­lines. The Group employs around 1,400 staff, and oper­ates glob­ally in Europe, Asia and the USA. centro­therm photo­vol­ta­ics achieved rev­enue in the 2009 fin­an­cial year of EUR 509.1 mil­lion, EBIT of EUR 37.2 mil­lion, and is lis­ted in the TecDax of the Frank­furt Secur­it­ies Exchange.

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Saskia Feil
Senior Man­ager Investor & Pub­lic Rela­tions
Tel: +49 7344 918-8890
E-mail: saskia.feil@centro­

Dr. Tor­sten Knödler
Man­ager Pub­lic Rela­tions
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