SolarWorld

SolarWorld is a fantastic panel which has a pedigree that’s hard to beat. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck but not willing to compromise quality, performance and durability, SolarWorld is the panel for you.

A Brief History

In 1988 Graduate engineer, Mr. Frank H. Asbeck (Chairman of the Board of Directors of SolarWorld AG today) established an engineering consultancy company in Bonn Germany. The company handled the implementation of projects pertaining to regenerative energy recovery. In 1999 all activities in the field of solar energy were transferred to the newly founded SolarWorld AG. SolarWorld’s Headquarters still remains in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany while the company has offices in Germany, the USA, France, Singapore, South Africa and Spain and employs 3,625 staff internationally.

Manufacturing and Technology

SolarWorld AG currently has production plants in Freiberg Germany and Hillsboro/Oregon in the US. By the end of 2011 their combined module production will be ramped up to a total production capacity of more than one Gigawatt.

The production facility in the university town of Freiberg, Germany has a long history in semi-conductor technology. All cell and module production is based right next to the group’s own research and development enterprise, SolarWorld Innovations. The ties to the technical university Bergakademie Freiberg and the semi-conductor facility in Dresden make for an innovative atmosphere with a large pool of experts and skills at hand.  In 2008 SolarWorld opened their $500 million factory is in Hillsboro, Oregon. The Hillsboro factory was the first fully integrated photovoltaic production facility in America.

SolarWorld’s manufacturing process is fully vertically integrated meaning that SolarWorld manage all aspects of their module manufacturing from the selection of only the highest grade Silicon right through to one of the most advanced and automated production processes in the world.

A few recent SolarWorld Projects

Vatican CityVatican City

The Vatican supports the worldwide promotion of solar power. The SolarWorld PV plant on the roof of the Papal Audience Hall, Paul VI, is as large as a football field. 2,394 modules with a total power output of 220 kilowatt peak (kWp) are installed there. The solar power roughly corresponds to the yearly demand of 100 households. The system proves that photovoltaics and the protection of historical buildings go hand in hand. This system also incorporates SMA inverters.

Largest Solar park in AsiaLargest Solar park in Asia relies on SolarWorld technology

The Gochang solar park covers an area of 380,000 square metres and will generate 23.5 million Kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This is enough to supply 25,000 Koreans completely with environmentally friendly solar power. At the same time the emission of 15,400 tons of carbon dioxide per year is avoided.

Solar RacerSolar Racer SolarWorld No.1 to Race in Australia

The award-winning solar racer SolarWorld No.1 started in the “Global Green Challenge” race in Australia. Exclusively driven by the power of the sun the solar racer covered 3,000 kilometres across Australian desert – silently and with a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour.

USA - 1 Megawatt SolarUSA - 1 Megawatt Solar Roof-Mounted Installation

On top of the Orange County Convention Centre, the second largest conference and exhibition centre in the USA, SolarWorld modules with a total capacity of one Megawatt have been generating clean electricity for some years now. This power plant is the largest roof-mounted solar power station in Florida and one of the largest in the whole of the USA.

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