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Solar technology developments: SolarWorld AG presents first supplier award


On Tuesday evening, at a ceremony in Freiberg, Germany, SolarWorld AG presented its first supplier award in recognition of advancements in the field of solar technology. The award winners in various categories were Kostal, Germany, 3M, USA, and Gigasolar, Taiwan. The ceremony took part in the context of an international supplier conference in Freiberg, where SolarWorld’s largest production facility is located.

“The award recognizes companies that have made a particular contribution to our production in Germany and the U.S. towards our aim of providing clean electricity,” said Dr.-Ing. E. h. Frank Asbeck, CEO of SolarWorld AG. “We rely on our suppliers to help us implement plans for the cost-efficient production and ever increasing efficiency of our solar cells.” The winners in the categories of sustainability, performance and technology were chosen from a total of ten nominees. From this year onwards, Bonn-based SolarWorld AG plans to award the prize among its approximately 3,000 suppliers every year.

Kostal Solar Electric received the technology award for the joint development of a so-called battery inverter. The device, marketed by SolarWorld under the brand name of SunPac K, facilitates the use and storage of solar power generated by private households on their own roofs. Battery storage of solar power will become a matter of course in the context of decentralized solar power generation.

The U.S. company 3M’s Renewable Energy Division, a manufacturer of back sheets and other materials for solar modules, received the SolarWorld award for outstanding achievements in the field of sustainability and environmental compatibility. Special recognition was given to the company’s impressive sustainability report. “Sustainable products require not only sustainable corporate strategies but also suppliers committed to the idea of sustainability,” said Asbeck.

SolarWorld‘s performance award, which recognizes achievements in the commercial, logistic and quality fields, went to the Taiwanese paste manufacturer Gigasolar Materials Corporation. According to the presentation speech, the award was presented to the company for its excellent logistics performance and product quality.

About SolarWorld AG: The SolarWorld AG Group (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering brand-name, high quality, crystalline solar-power technology. Its strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon as the raw material through wafers, cells and modules all the way to turn-key solar systems of all sizes, the group combines all stages of the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling quality modules into the installation and distribution trades and crystalline wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn, Germany, with sales sites in Singapore, South Africa, Spain, France as well as in the U.S. state of California. The group´s largest production facilities operate in Freiberg, Germany and Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy. Under the name Solar2World, the group supports care projects using off-grid solar-power solutions in developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs about 3,000 people. SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on, among others, the TecDAX and ÖkoDAX as well as in the sustainability index NAI.

SolarWorld AG / Public relations department
Martin-Luther-King-Str. 24
53175 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: +49 228/55920-409

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