Innotech Solar opens solar cell optimization factory in Germany

In Halle/Saale, Germany, Innotech Solar is opening a plant to optimize solar cells from different manufacturers on an industrial scale.

October 3, 2011 — In Halle/Saale, Germany, Innotech Solar is opening a plant to optimize solar cells from different manufacturers on an industrial scale.

Bosch, Q-Cells, and other solar cell makers can send product to the factory in quantities of up to 20,000 per hour in a production area measuring 7,000 square meters, to be tested and optimized. Innotech Solar isolates impurities with lasers, increasing cell capacity. Innotech Solar then uses the cells in its modules.

The new production site is operated by ITS Halle Cell GmbH, a German subsidiary of Innotech Solar ASA (Norway). It took about 8 months of construction, and an investment of 20 million euros. Roughly 90% of the 50 new jobs created to date have been filled by applicants from the region, and a further 80 jobs and apprenticeships are set to be created in the next expansion phase.

The facility will add to the trend of “Solar Valley” in Saxony-Anhalt said Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff, Minister of Sciences and Economic Affairs for the state of Saxony-Anhalt, as she opened the new factory. The ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Halle, Dagmar Szabados, who noted Halle’s “numerous renowned research institutes” that complement the business environment.

Innotech Solar also has plants in Norway and Sweden, and is also expanding business in Asia. At the beginning of 2011, the company opened a logistics center in Hong Kong to add to its existing sales and purchasing office in Shanghai.

For more information, please contact:
Vera Neuhäuser, Innotech Solar Pressestelle, c/o Sunbeam GmbH
+49 178 53 68 425/neuhaeuser@sunbeam-berlin.de.

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