A next-generation roll-to-roll CIGS thin-film firm, Solarion AG has started production at its first plant in a new industrial park in Zwenkau-Sued near Leipzig, Germany. Primarily planning to target the difficult BIPV and commercial rooftop markets, the company is claiming an initial 10% cell efficiency and a 20MW annual capacity.
“The start of mass production is an important milestone not only for our business development, but also for our employees who have made significant contributions,” noted Dr. Karsten Otte, chief executive officer of Solarion AG at the plant opening. “With our novel photovoltaic products based on our own developed technology, we intend to access a significant market share.”
Solarion said that it had invested approximately €60 million in the new facility, with €20 million provided by Saechsische Aufbaubank. The company said that the plant would eventually employ as many as 150 people.
Initial products will actually be glass-glass CIGS modules, while its flexible modules are planned to be launched in 2013 after recieving IEC certification.