Our vision: Efficient, high quality photovoltaics as a key energy source for the future

Our planet's energy source is the sun. It is an inexhaustible source of energy for everyone – reliable, free and direct. Photovoltaics enables the sun's energy to be converted cleanly, reliably and sustainably into electrical energy.

Through innovation and growth, AVANCIS is also driving down the costs of solar technology to a level below that of conventional energy, and thus speeding up the changeover to a global energy supply based on renewable energy sources.

AVANCIS values:


For us, reliability means doing what we've promised and only promising what we can do. This applies both to our internal activities and to our dealings with our external business partners. Reliability is the bedrock of all trust, and enables us to overcome challenges as a team.

Continuous improvement

We are an innovative company within a dynamic and high-tech environment. As a pioneer in CIGS technology, we have learnt that we can only be the leaders if we set development and quality standards. This is why we are constantly improving – both in terms of research and development and in production, as well as in terms of our business processes.

Top performance

We are motivated to achieve and deliver the very best in technology and science. We give specialists, experts and management the freedom they need. We also encourage unconventional thinking and solutions. We respect and nurture the skills of every single individual in our team. We play to win. In order to offer our customers and partners worldwide the best possible product.

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AVANCIS – once a pioneer, always a pioneer Milestones in our corporate development

Symbolic start of production at the 100 MW factory in Ochang, South Korea.

First-module-out at the biggest CIGS plant in China ( Bengbu) with a planned production capacity up to 1.5 GW p.a.

Avancis heads the "MyCIGS" research network, consisting of the University of Oldenburg, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Photovoltaic Competence Center (PVcomB) of the Helmholtz Center Berlin, with the aim of improving yield-relevant parameters of CIGS modules for the installation in façades.

The partnership is a joint solar façade element on basis of the PowerMax® SKALA in combination with glass fiber concrete for solar façades as a new design alternative for architects.

With the efficiency of 17.9% of its latest champion module, AVANCIS reaches the current efficiency world record for encapsulated CIGS thin-film modules. This record value was achieved with a Cd-free encapsulated module showing an aperture area of 622 cm2 and it has been certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

CNBM plans a mega solar plant with a total capacity of 1.5 GW p.a. This was followed by the groundbreaking ceremony for the first stage of construction and the fourth AVANCIS plant with a production capacity of 300 MW per annum.

The frameless module PowerMax® is granted the general technical approval (allgemeine bauaufsichtliche Zulassung, abZ) as the first laminated glass module with affixed backrails.

AVANCIS achieved a new world efficiency record of 16.6% for encapsulated thin-film modules on a 30 x 30 cm² Cd-free CIS solar module.

The Chinese National Building Materials Group Corporation (CNBM) takes over all company shares of AVANCIS. As from July 1st 2014, Avancis is a 100% owned subsidiary of CNBM, one of the largest building materials and glass group worldwide.

As from 27 February 2013, Avancis GmbH & Co. KG is now operating under the name of AVANCIS GmbH.

The plant of the Hyundai-AVANCIS joint venture in Ochang has an annual output of 100 MW p.a.

Start of production at the 2nd AVANCIS plant in in Torgau. Fab 2 has a production capacity of 100 MWp p.a.

AVANCIS breaks its own world record in the same year - the efficiency level of 15.5% confirmed in early 2011 was beaten in September 2011 with 15.8%.

Saint-Gobain and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) found the “Hyundai-AVANCIS” production joint venture and build Fab 3 in South Korea.

Saint-Gobain builds a second plant for AVANCIS in in Torgau, Germany for the production of highly efficient photovoltaics modules with CIS technology. The planned total production capacity of the new plant is 100 MW p.a.

Saint-Gobain drives its growth in the field of CIS photovoltaics and takes over Shell’s shares in the AVANCIS joint venture.

Start of AVANCIS series production of premium solar modules with CIS technology in Torgau, in the German State of Saxony, with a capacity of 20 MW per annum.

Shell and Saint-Gobain form the joint venture AVANCIS for the development, production and distribution of solar modules of the next CIS generation.

The technology development programmes of Siemens Solar and Shell Solar are merged.

DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) award for innovations in the energy sector for our original company ARCO Solar.

Award from the American R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most significant new technology products for our original company Arco Solar.

Start of first commercial CIS series production worldwide in Camarillo, California by our original company Arco Solar.

Siemens AG merges the CIS activities of Arco Solar into the Siemens solar division.


Commencement of research activities into Avancis CIS technology by our original company Arco Solar.