SolarWorld inaugurates new Research and Development Center
With the inauguration of its new Research and Development Center in Freiberg/Saxony, SolarWorld AG confirms its dedication to the solar location of Germany. The group invested a total of € 55 million, among others in the solar cell and module laboratories. 110 people employed in research and development are working on new processes that will optimize the efficiency of solar power products and cut permanently the costs of solar power technology.
“With our new Research and Development Center, we are not just securing our quality edge vis-à-vis international competitors but we are also creating the potential for further cost reductions,” explains Dr.-Ing. E. h. Frank Asbeck, chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. “In a short time, we will reach grid parity, and self-made power from the roof will be cheaper for everybody than electricity from the socket, and in addition storable.”
In Freiberg, the worldwide research activities of the group are pooled and then go into the optimization and further development of the highly efficient crystalline solar power technology. In doing so, the company banks on the innovative strength and the technological know-how of German science. Proximity to production makes it possible to implement the research results in production straight away. Research and development take place along the entire photovoltaic value chain, for example in the optimization of silicon crystallization and the increase in the degree of efficiency of crystalline solar cells.
SolarWorld inaugurates new Research and Development Center in Freiberg/Sachsen.