The German arm of Nanosolar, the US based thin-film company which closed in July this year, was relaunched at the beginning of November as Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland.
In addition to providing support to existing Nanosolar customers, for which there are reserves of Nanosolar’s modules, Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland said it would focus on building integrated PV (BIPV) modules and also intends to become an independent power producer. The company announced its intention to expand workforce to support its ramping up of production and of services offered.
Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland owns a highly automated ISO certified module factory in Luckenwald, Germany. The company will be producing utility cSi modules as well as BIPV modules, which it aims to make available from 2014.
The company’s utility modules which are cSi based glass-glass construction, have an output of between 290Wp and 300Wp, to be used initially on Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland’s own PV projects.
The forthcoming BIPV modules will utilise high efficiency mono-cSi modules which the company claims are “a novel design approach which makes the module compatible with a large variety of roof types and facades with high aesthetic fit”.
In July 2013, the German Nanosolar was bought by Smartenergy Renewables, a subsidiary of which, Smartenergy Invest, had previously worked with Nanosolar, including developing a solar farm in Valencia, Spain in 2012.
Christian Pho Duc, managing director of Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland, said: “We are transforming the company from a contract module manufacturer to a service and solution provider around PV and other renewable power plants. We will serve our own and our clients’ projects with highly efficient PV modules combined with investment solutions, asset management, O&M, and optimisation services.”