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Press release


, September 06, 2011

Solar “Made in EU”: PowerMax® solar modules from AVANCIS awarded certificate for higher reimbursement entitlements in Italy.

AVANCIS, leading manufacturer of CIS solar modules, produces its premium range of PowerMax® products solely in Germany. System operators in the Italian market who purchase these quality products made in European Union (EU) can enjoy a ten percent higher feed-in rate. This is provided for by the latest amendment of the “Conto Energia IV” – the Italian equivalent to the German Renewable Energy Law (EEG).

The revised Italian solar laws provide operators of PV systems who solely use components manufactured in the EU with a ten percent higher feed-in rate - and that applies for more than 20 years. A quality initiative that's worthwhile in two ways: firstly, the higher reimbursement entitlement and secondly, the higher standards often found in products from the EU that make themselves felt for many decades.

The German certification body, TÜV Rheinland, has now confirmed that the PowerMax® solar modules from AVANCIS meet the “Made in EU criteria” in the Italian regulation for a higher feed-in rate. In order to qualify, at least 60 percent of the components used in the system must originate from an EU country. AVANCIS has produced its CIS solar modules right from the start in Torgau in Saxony and almost all of the components used come from the EU. Against the general trend to relocate production, to non-European countries, AVANCIS is even expanding its production capacity in Germany: a second factory with an annual capacity of 100 MWp will commence operation to produce a new product line in Torgau in the 1st quarter of next year. These PV modules will then also satisfy the “Made in EU” certification.

“The origin of our CIS solar modules can be identified clearly and unequivocally by anyone: all our modules have a data matrix code which is applied to the substrate glass by laser scribing. This combination of letters and numbers provides information about the production location, the production line and the date on which the module was produced,” explains Dr. Tom Clarius, Director for Quality at AVANCIS. “We are pleased to provide customers of our wholesale dealers operating in Italy with another reason to decide in favour of our quality products and profit from the higher subsidy,” emphasises Dr. Clarius.

The official TÜV Rheinland “Made in EU Certificate”, which declares the origin of the products from AVANCIS, can be viewed online at:


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 p.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.

Made in EU.