Centrosolar Ramps Up PV Manufacturing Capacity

Centrosolar Group AG has officially opened a solar module factory in Wismar that will produce 150 megawatts (MW) annually from 2010 on. The new site, called Sonnenstromfabrik, will cover a gross area of 47,000 square meters, producing up to 3000 modules daily.

Eventually five assembly lines at the site will produce crystalline modules primarily for grid-connected solar systems. Additionally, modules for standalone systems will be manufactured that will, for example, generate power to electrical gadgets on boats and vehicles. The first assembly line at the new facility has been running since August.

Centrosolar says the development includes exhaust heat exchangers for recovering heat generated during lamination, condensing boiler technology by Wolf and soon a 300-kilowatt PV plant that will be installed on the roof of the production and storage hall. Investment in the new factory is approximately €23 million [US $29.48 million].

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