Attended by the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, ersol Solar Energy AG, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new €530 million crystalline solar cell and module plant in Arnstadt, Germany.
Production is expected to start at the beginning of 2010, and the facility will be fully ramped by 2012. ersol’s crystalline-based capacity will be increased to 630MWp, compared with the approximately 200MWp reached in 2008. The new plant will be capable of producing 90 million solar cells per year, according to the company.
“This investment is part of our increasing activities in renewable energies. These energies are increasingly gaining in significance, and will be integral to the energy mix of the future. Bosch recognized this at an early stage, and is already a major supplier to the wind-power industry, as well as of solar collectors and heat pumps for heating systems,” said Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
Research and development activities will be also be expanded as part of the new investment by Bosch.
Caption: from left: Holger von Hebel, Birgit Diezel, Franz Fehrenbach, Dr. Angela Merkel, Prof. Hermann Scholl, Dr. Siegfried Dais, Ludwig Reiff.