Centrosolar and Biohaus Gain More of PV Thin-film Market

Centrosolar AG, Munich, joined forces with Biohaus PV Handels GmbH, Paderborn, making Biohaus the third established supplier of photovoltaic (PV) integrated systems for private households in Centrosolar AG’s portfolio of companies. The group includes other manufacturers of special components for solar modules, solar glass and support systems for photovoltaic systems.

The acquisition of Biohaus furnishes the group not only with extra business, but also with contractually secured supply agreements. Centrosolar has acquired supply agreements for a further 17 MWp (2006), over and above the supply of solar cells and modules amounting to more than 34 MWp that has already been contractually agreed upon. “Through Biohaus, we will moreover be among the first to offer innovative PV thin-film technology,” said Dr. Alexander Kirsch, Centrosolar AG, CEO. “This technology of the future renders solar energy systems virtually ‘invisible’ and in fact needs significantly less solar silicon. Biohaus was an important element in our expansion strategy.” As Biohaus specializes in solar architecture, or integrated photovoltaic solutions for roofs and exteriors that reflect the exacting aesthetic standards of a discerning clientele, it matches the Centrosolar sales strategy by focusing on private households as its target group. By way of integrated solutions, Biohaus also supplies innovative PV thin-film technology in the form of coated, flexible roof films that can be simply bonded onto roofs. As a result of such acquisitions, Centrosolar has developed into one of the main operators for “plug and play” solar integrated systems in both Germany and Europe within the six months of its establishment, and its revenue for 2006 is expected to be in excess of Euro 200 million [USD$257 million]. Biohaus has been involved in solar technology for over 20 years, currently maintaining international contacts with Spanish cell supplier Isofoton, which acts as a venture partner in Southern Europe. In 2005, Biohaus generated profitable revenue of approximately Euro 35 million [USD$45 million].
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