SolarWorld is increasing its presence in Europe with a new office and two industry awards. One award went to its director of Wafer Technology and one to its combined energy plant.
The company is further strengthening its activities in France, by establishing a liaison office in Grenoble. This office will provide countrywide technical training as well as consultation for wholesalers and installers.
Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld said, “We see quality, environmental and social standards as advantages of our production sites. While other companies are moving their production into low-wage countries we are deliberately expanding our sites in Europe and the USA. This is appreciated by our customers.”
Further to this, the director of Wafer Technology of Freiberg SolarWorld Innovations, Dr. Bernhard Freudenberg, has received the Innovation Award for Microelectronics 2009. The prize is awarded annually by the “Förderkreis für die Mikroelektronik e.V.” Alongside Dr. Jochen Friedrich of Fraunhofer IISB, Dr. Freudenberg improved the crystallization process of the silicon melt, which increases the yield of silicon crystals and reduces production costs.
The company’s ‘Combined Renewable Energy Power Plant’, has also just received the German Climate Protection Award 2009. Milan Nitzschke, formerly project manager of the combined cycle power station and today head of sustainable corporate development, marketing and communication of SolarWorld said, “The industrial partners SolarWorld, Enercon and Schmack Biogas have proven with this project that anywhere in Germany and at any time a full supply of electricity from renewable energy sources that meets the current demand is possible with today’s technology”.