Thin Film Facility Opens in Michigan

The start-up of 30 megawatt state-of-the-art solar cell manufacturing machine, the largest of its type in the world, will take place Monday. A football field in length, it will increase U.S. solar production capacity by 20 percent. It will also make United Solar, a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices and N.V. Bekaert of Belgium, one of the four largest solar producers in the United States as well as one of the leading producers in the world.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – June 25, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman, Armed Services Committee, U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg, U.S. Congressman Sander Levin , Ray Sutula, Director, Solar Division, U.S. Department of Energy and representatives from both companies will be on hand for the ceremony Monday, at 10:30 a.m. United Solar, a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.and N.V. Bekaert, is a manufacturer of thin-film amorphous photovoltaics. ECD and United Solar have pioneered, developed and hold basic patents covering the continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing (analogous to low-cost, mass production processes such as newsprint or photographic film) of thin-film amorphous silicon alloy multi-junction solar cells and related products. United Solar and Bekaert ECD Solar Systems, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, offer a line of solar electric roofing panels and other products, which are unique, flexible, lightweight and architecturally attractive.

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