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Thin film production starts at German solar module manufacturing facility

Solarion begins operation at its first factory for thin film mass production in Leipzig

The plant will see the mass production of solar modules in Germany

A German solar firm has started producing thin film modules at its EUR 60m factory in Germany. Solarion AG has began mass production of the thin film solar cells at its integrated cell and module manufacturing facility in Leipzig.

Located on a three hectare site in an industrial park in Zwenkau-Sued by Leipzig, the production hall was erected in 14 months and is Solarion’s first facility for the mass production of its patented flexible thin film solar cells and module products.

Solarion is a manufacturer of high-efficiency, low-cost thin film solar modules using Copper Indium Gallium (di)Selenide (CIGS). The company said this technology possesses the highest efficiency potential in the thin-film photovoltaic arena.

Karsten Otte, chief executive officer of Solarion AG, said: “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. With our novel photovoltaic products based on our proprietary technology, we intend to access a significant market share.”

The Leipzig technology firm has invested approximately EUR 60m into the facility, creating 100 new jobs. The project has been supported with investment subsidies of more than EUR 20m under involvement of the Development Bank of Saxony. In total, 150 will be employed in the 12,000 sqm production area. Solarion said it is looking to claim a leading position in the photovoltaic market based on its potentially low-cost and patented production process.