Auburn Hills, Michigan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] United Solar Ovonic (UNI-SOLAR) LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., announced that it has signed an 18-month agreement with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) for the supply of 12 megawatts (MW), with an option to buy an additional 18 MW, of UNI-SOLAR thin-film photovoltaic (PV) laminates to be used for large-scale installations on industrial and commercial buildings.
EDF EN will use UNI-SOLAR laminates to develop its PV business especially in the building-integrated segment.
“This new agreement demonstrates the acceptance of our product in the European market. With the feed-in tariff recently approved in France, there is a preference for building-integrated photovoltaic installations,” said Salama Naguib, Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing at UNI-SOLAR.
Unlike traditional crystalline technology, which typically uses heavy glass panels, UNI-SOLAR products are flexible and lightweight. Because of these characteristics, UNI-SOLAR triple-junction products offer a different solution for both grid-connected and off-grid solar electric systems. In addition, Independent studies in Europe and elsewhere have shown that triple-junction products deliver more energy per rated power than conventional crystalline products.