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Dr. Franz Karg, CEO

Solarstraße 3
04860 Torgau 

Phone: +49 (0)89 219620-511 

Press release


, December 10, 2010


Torgau, Germany, December 2010 – Leading CIS solar panel producer AVANCIS has successfully completed key certification assessments for its PowerMax® product line to ensure entry into the UK market. The results demonstrate the high quality of AVANCIS products. The modules have been awarded the internationally recognised MCS certificate (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), after having also recently passed salt water and salt spray certification tests. AVANCIS CIS solar panels are thus certified as particularly suitable for use in systems along coastal areas and are provided with incentives under the UK feed-in tariff system, the clean energy cash back scheme.

The MCS certificate is awarded by the British Standards Institute, the premier British certification body, and certifies that the AVANCIS PowerMax® panels comply with all approval conditions for their sale in the UK. The British certification mark is an independent, internationally recognised symbol of product quality and safety. In addition to strict product tests, the certification process also involved inspection and certification of the production facilities themselves.

Before obtaining BSI certification, the AVANCIS PowerMax® panels had already passed the German certification body TÜV Rheinland’s salt spray test in compliance with IEC 61701. This means these CIS panels are specifically suitable for use in coastal areas, as they offer particularly effective resistance to salt water and salt spray.

“Our CIS solar panels stand out due to their superior quality and optimum workmanship, confirmed by the numerous certificates for our products,” states Dr. Tom Clarius, Quality Director at AVANCIS. “Thanks to its favourable performance in low light conditions and the superior sensitivity spectrum of CIS technology, PowerMax® offers British PV system operators optimum energy efficiency and high yields, even at low levels of sunlight and under diffused light conditions. The MCS certificate and the particular suitability of our modules for use in coastal areas ensure that we are ideal candidates for the British market as well as for other countries with coastal regions,” explains Clarius.

Besides the aforementioned certificates, PowerMax® panels are also certified in compliance with IEC standards 61646 and 61730 and are approved according to the strict requirements of the American UL 1703 standard. These CIS panels are also designed for areas exposed to high wind and snow loads and are able to withstand 551 kg per m². AVANCIS works with a large number of distributors who also market PowerMax® panels in the UK. You can see the list of distributors on our company website:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

Mr. Angel Martinez
Solarstrasse 3
04860 Torgau
Telephone: +49 (0)3421 7388-251
Fax: +49 (0)3421 7388-111

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AVANCIS develops and produces thin-film photovoltaic modules based on CIS technology (copper indium selenide). The innovative manufacturing process relies on the second-generation CIS technology that has been developed by the AVANCIS Research and Development Department in Munich. The first plant at the company’s business location in Torgau has a production capacity of 20 megawatt peak per year (MWp/a). The company is currently constructing a second plant with a production capacity of 100 MWp/a.

Siemens, Shell and Saint-Gobain are some of the big names that helped cultivate the technology now available from AVANCIS while it was still in its infancy. The successes achieved in the field of photovoltaics are largely due to their efforts. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain since autumn 2009, for example, AVANCIS benefits from Saint-Gobain’s many years of expertise in glass coating and heat treatment, both core competencies of this leading global construction and automotive glass supplier.