ECD & Marcegaglia Sign PV Cell Deal

Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD), a manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminates, and Marcegaglia S.p.A., an Italian steel manufacturing company, announced that they have signed a combined multi-year supply agreement for ECD’s UNI-SOLAR cells.

Under the agreement, ECD’s subsidiary, United Solar Ovonic (USO), will supply Marcegaglia with individual solar photovoltaic (PV) cells for use in integrated commercial roofing products that Marcegaglia is developing based on its metal roofing products. Marcegaglia expects to introduce the solar-integrated metal roofing products to the market in 2010.

“Individual UNI-SOLAR cells can be easily integrated into Marcegaglia’s corrugated insulated panel without any additional dimensional rework. The goal is to drive costs down and create innovative new products at the same time,” said Antonio Marcegaglia, Marcegaglia’s president and CEO. “We have obtained very positive feedback from our customers on the UNI-SOLAR product and through this agreement we will jointly deliver a new customer experience.”

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