Dutch company Nuon, via its wholly owned subsidiary Nuon Helianthos, has opened a test plant for the production of flexible solar cells in Arnhem, just west of the German border. The cells are produced on what was originally a roll of laminate 30cm in width, but this new test plant, the company intends to increase the laminate size to 120cm.
Producing the cells on a roll is advantageous in that it allows the application of solar cells in existing materials or products, and this method is cheaper from a manufacturing perspective. The cells can be used in roof covering, building facades and sunblinds, amongst other applications.
Following successful implementation of the development of this technology, Nuon will begin construction on a production plant for Nuon Helianthos, also to be situated in Arnhem. The company anticipates an annual output of 1 million m2 of solar cell laminate.