Visit to SorarWorld


 

Vi  Visit to the Deutsche Solar Company Freiberg  (Tuesday,  8th April 2014, 14.00-16.30)

 

At the entrancewe were greeted by the PR of  Deutsche Solar Company Freiberg with the short presentation what RES and PV in the world of energy, ecology and efficiency. We learned how the company grew, thrived in the research, and had continuous support from universities staff ​​to achieve peak production, application and sales.

 

The Company: SolarWorld is one of Europe's largest solar power businesses. Freiberg in Saxony is home to the largest company site. More than 1,400 employees work here. Since 1994, crystalline solar power products along the complete photovoltaic value chain have been produced in Freiberg: from wafer, to solar cell, to solar module. This includes its own research and development. company with headquarters in Freiberg. SolarWorld carries out research on crystalline PV in close cooperation with TU Bergakademie Freiberg, which was founded in 1765 and is thus the oldest university of mining and metallurgy in the world.

The products: "We turn sunlight into power"
SolarWorld products are focused on customer-oriented solar system solutions. With its diverse range of products, the company offer solutions for all solar energy applications. They contain all of the components necessary to install a solar power system. They are the right solution for every application – regardless of whether an on-roof, flat roof, pitched roof or roof-integrated system.

From consultation to planning and installation– SolarWorld Authorized Installers are especially trained and implement solar power systems for every application area. A network throughout Germany consisting of 700 authorized installers makes it possible for customers to profit from short distances and smooth processes – right down to the regular maintenance of their solar power system.

History. SolarWorld Innovations GmbH was founded in July 2007 and started operating on January 1, 2008. and it was first focused on merging into the new company structure and the group's profile as a "think tank" as well as developing highly-qualified core staff. The technical school was constructed in the south industrial park for 12 million euros and started operations in 2009 developing wafer technology. The production chain is simulated as a pilot line, enabling researchers and developers to test new technologies before they are incorporated into industrial mass production. In 2008, SolarWorld Innovations GmbH expanded its infrastructure by adding additional testing laboratories to support quality assurance, new development laboratories, two technical centers for process and system development and evaluation, a central patent and reference management as well as a central project management for the group-wide coordination of publicly promoted development projects. Brilliant scientific and business minds were added to the staff, increasing the workforce to 70 employees.
In addition to the existing technical wafer center, the work for a highly modern technical solar cell and module center is covering a total area of 8500 square meters got underway in 2009.

Today.The new five-story research center on the main site of SolarWorld AG Freiberg was inaugurated in September 2010, which offers researchers and developers the most modern working conditions. A state-of-the-art technical cell and module center was built for developing higher efficiencies and covers an area of 2800 square meters. In addition to its own pilot lines for developing prototypes and a series of experiments, it is also equipped with a clean room area spread across 2300 square meters. Small-scale practical tests, optimization and troubleshooting can be performed at this production line. In addition, new technologies can also be thoroughly tested before being integrated into the general production process. Laboratories spread over 2500 square meters are set up for development, reliability tests and quality assurance. The pilot lines and labs are supplemented with a central patent and reference management, offices and modern conference rooms.  Some of our most important tasks in the future include further reducing production costs to reach grid parity as fast as possible, securing and further improving product quality as well as developing sustainable and innovative solutions. The sub-goals include increasing cell and module efficiency, reducing the use of material, energy and water in the production as well as developing system technology for specific market and customer demands.

Report prepared by

Doc dr Gordana Tica

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Universityof Banja Luka