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04860 Torgau 

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Press release


, May 19, 2011

Intersolar 2011: Avancis makes an impact with its PowerMax® solar module.

Torgau, Germany, May 2011. Avancis, a leading manufacturer of CIS solar modules, will be attending Intersolar Europe in Munich again this year, where it will be presenting itself and its PowerMax® solar module. The company has plenty of surprises in store for the world's largest photovoltaics trade fair, including a number of product improvements. To summarize: PowerMax® solar modules now come with an extended product warranty of ten years, positive power tolerances, an anti-reflective coating and MC4 plugs.

Extended product warranty
Avancis has implemented various innovations within its serial production of CIS solar modules. First of all Avancis has doubled the length of the product warranty for its PowerMax® solar modules from 5 to 10 years. This shows how the company is prepared to back up its claim of being a manufacturer of premium products that offer outstanding quality.

Positive power tolerance
What's more, Avancis has come up with a new set of positive tolerances (-0/+5 Watt) for its solar modules and further reduced the gap between its performance classes. PowerMax® is now available in the following categories: 110 Wp, 115 Wp, 120 Wp, 125 Wp, 130 Wp and 135 Wp. The nominal power of each respective class is assured as an absolute minimum and the positive 5 Wp tolerances for the nominal Power (Pnom) guarantee you receive the power you paid for – or even more.

Antireflective coverglass
In addition, a new anti-reflective coating has been applied to the hardened front glass of the glass-glass module, resulting in lower light reflection and reduced glare and a 2 – 2.5% increase in light transmittance within the relevant wavelength range (380 – 1240 nm). “This has a direct impact on current yield and leads to an improvement in efficiency. The average efficiency of the mass production of our CIS modules is currently around 12 percent and is constantly driven upwards”, states Dr. Franz Karg, CTO of AVANCIS.

Record efficiencies
At the beginning of the year, the company’s R&D department achieved a new record for monolithic thin film solar modules Avancis set a new world record in efficiency of 15.5% for a laminated and framed 30 x 30 cm² module. which has been externally verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Colorado, USA.

Last but not least, the MC3 plugs on both of the module’s junction boxes have been replaced by MC4 plugs - this ensures that installation can be carried out with even greater speed and ease.

All new features are valid for modules produced from March 12th 2011 onwards starting with serial number: AVANCISXXXXXXX110312XXXX (to be found on every module). All these innovations are also summarized in the updated product literature, available at:

If you are interested in finding out more about what the company and its innovative products have to offer, you are warmly invited to visit Avancis at Intersolar Europe from 08/06/2011 to 10/06/2011 (hall A2, stand 390).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Hendrik Feige
Solarstraße 3, 04860 Torgau, Germany
Phone +49 (0)3421 7388-253
Fax: +49 (0)3421 7388-111

AVANCIS develops and produces photovoltaic modules based on CIS (copper indium selenide) technology. The innovative manufacturing process relies on the second-generation CIS technology that has been developed by the AVANCIS R&D 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 p. a). The company is currently constructing a second plant with a production capacity of 100 MWp/a on this site. Avancis is also involved in a production joint-venture with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) via its parent company Saint-Gobain and is building a third plant in South Korea to manufacture CIS modules (also with a capacity of 100 MWp p.a.).

Siemens, Shell and Saint-Gobain are some of the big names that have 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, AVANCIS benefits from Saint-Gobain’s many years of expertise in glass coating and tempering, both core competencies of this leading global construction and automotive glass supplier.