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EANS-News: Positive outcome for centrotherm photovoltaics at EU PVSEC in Valencia

Blaubeuren (euro adhoc) -

• Advanced contract negotiations with well-known customers
    • Major interest in ISE-certified solar cells with 19.1 percent
      efficiency, and in the 24 Pair CVD reactor
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Subtitle:     • Advanced contract negotiations with well-known 
customers     • Major interest in ISE-certified solar cells with 19.1
percent       efficiency, and in the 24 Pair CVD reactor
September 17, 2010 - Due to a good response
from customers, centrotherm photovoltaics AG reported a positive 
outcome from the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference 
and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Valencia, which ended a few days ago. 
"This trade fair proved worthwhile for us. We conducted conversations
with the largest manufacturers, and we are in advanced contract 
negotiations with well-known companies", comments Dr. Peter Fath, 
Management Board member responsible for Technology and Marketing at 
centrotherm photovoltaics AG, the world's leading supplier of 
equipment and systems manufacturer in the photovoltaics sector. "In 
terms of technology, we received very positive feedback on the 
selective emitter and the new centaurus rear side technology."
With its selective emitter and new centaurus rear side technology, 
the Solar Cell & Module division of the photovoltaics specialists 
from Blaubeuren are offering new efficiency records. Ahead of the EU 
PVSEC, the company announced that mean efficiencies of 19.1 percent 
had been achieved on normal industrial production systems for 
mono-crystalline silicon solar cells - and peak results of 
19.2 percent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, 
Europe's largest solar research institution, also certified this 
19.1 percent efficiency.
Its Silicon & Wafer division, centrotherm SiTec, in which the 
centrotherm photovoltaics Group bundles its silicon expertise, 
garnered much attention for its 24 Pair CVD reactor with accompanying
STC-TCS converter, which was presented for the first time at the EU 
PVSEC. All of the important companies within the sector were 
interested in the next generation of key silicon production equipment
according to the company. The Multistep Power Cabinet (MPC) energy 
supply system for CVD reactors and STC-TCS converters, which was also
newly launched, and which was jointly developed with Siemens, also 
encountered a positive response. The MPC's space-saving and modular 
structure differentiates itself from other energy supply systems 
through lower investment costs, and also in terms of time and cost 
savings during installation, commissioning and maintenance. The 
multi-crystalline ingot furnace that has been further optimized 
generated major interest, too.
The trade fair also proceeded very well for GP Solar, a one 
hundred percent centrotherm photovoltaics subsidiary. Leading sector 
producers were very interested in the newly developed thin film 
module inspection system that was presented for the first time in 
Valencia, according to GP Solar. The company went on to state that 
requests have already been submitted for initial tenders. The 
equipment allows the smallest defects to be identified already during
production, thereby reducing waste.
FHR Anlagenbau, another one hundred percent centrotherm photovoltaics
subsidiary, mentioned that it, too, had enjoyed a very successful 
trade fair response. The specialist machine builder for coating 
systems reported demand volume of more than EUR 20 million for thin 
film technology.
"Our strategy of concentrating on efficiency-enhancing technology 
updates along the photovoltaic value chain is proving worthwhile. It 
also allows existing customers to benefit from the use of new 
technology by expanding their capacities and reducing their 
manufacturing costs through efficiency gains", Dr. Fath goes on to 
add. Our aim is to further expand our customers' advantage with 
respect to cost-leadership and efficiency." He goes on to comment 
that one market trend at the EU PVSEC had been a demand for single 
equipment items to expand existing factories.
About centrotherm photovoltaics AG centrotherm photovoltaics AG, 
which is based at Blaubeuren, is the world's leading technology and 
equipment providers for the photovoltaics sector. The company equips 
well-known solar companies and new sector entrants with turnkey 
production lines and single equipment to manufacture silicon, 
crystalline solar cells and thin film modules. As a consequence, the 
Group possesses a broad and well-founded technological basis, as well
as key equipment at practically all steps of the photovoltaics value 
chain. centrotherm photovoltaics guarantees its customers important 
performance parameters such as production capacity, efficiencies, and
completion deadlines. The Group employs over 1,300 staff members, and
operates in Europe, Asia and the USA. centrotherm photovoltaics 
achieved revenue in the 2009 financial year of EUR 375 million, EBIT 
of EUR 56 million, and is listed in the TecDax of the Frankfurt 
Securities Exchange.
Saskia Feil
Senior Manager Investor & Public Relations
Tel: +49 7344 918-8890
Dr. Torsten Knödler
Manager Public Relations
Tel: +49 7344 918-8898
Christina Siebels, Britta Cirkel
HOSCHKE & CONSORTEN Public Relations GmbH
Tel: +49 40 3690 50-58 /-56,
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Dr. Torsten Knödler
Manager Public Relations
Tel.: 07344 - 918-8898

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