Freiberg, Germany — SolarWorld AG this week inaugurated its new solar wafer production in the presence of Germany´s Federal Environment Minister Röttgen in Freiberg.
As a result, the company will have a total production capacity of 750 megawatts (MW) of crystalline solar wafers in Germany by the end of the year. These in turn will be the building blocks for the production of highly efficient crystalline solar cells. The buildings and infrastructure are already in place for the further expansion to 1 gigawatt (GW).
“The constantly progressing climate change is forcing us to make our energy supply more and more carbon free. My idea is that by 2050 the renewable energies will cover our energy needs almost completely”, says Environment Minister Röttgen during the celebrations at Freiberg’s Industrial Estate East. “A new market is emerging, in Germany and worldwide. It is only through permanent innovation and a brand strategy that the German manufacturers can stand their ground in this increasingly tougher international competition.”
In total, SolarWorld will be investing €350 million in this new production facility. The company’s entire manufacturing process is fully automated and in addition, the waste heat from crystallization is used to heat the entire building. At its largest production site worldwide in Freiberg SolarWorld employs 1,700 people which makes it the largest industrial employer in the rural district of Central Saxony.