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SolarWorld AG: One Hundred Millionth Solar Cell from Freiberg


The one hundred millionth solar cell from Deutsche Cell GmbH, the cell manufacturing division of SolarWorld AG, was today handed over to the sales and distribution people. The total number of solar cells manufactured since the start of production in the year 2002 is equivalent to the size of 270 football pitches or the area covered by the Duchy of Monaco. With the power generated by the solar cells produced in Freiberg in Saxony some 1.6 million tons of CO2 have so far been saved; over their entire service life it will be more than 40 million tons of greenhouse gases. 'Our objective is to use our highly efficient solar technology to replace the old energy sources step by step and to protect the climate in this way', says Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. Since 2002 the production capacity at Freiberg has been consistently expanded. Next year the necessary prerequisites will be created to produce 200 MW and thus more than 50 million highly efficient solar cells every year. Deutsche Cell GmbH is one of five subsidiaries of SolarWorld with production activities at Freiberg. More than 1,000 people are employed here at all stages of the solar value chain from wafer production via cell and module manufacture to silicon recycling. Deutsche Cell itself employs more than 200 people in Freiberg. Under clean room conditions the solar cells are produced here on modern process equipment with the highest possible degree of automation and with strict quality control checks at every stage of production. As of next year only poly-crystalline solar cells will be manufactured at Freiberg with mono-crystalline production being concentrated within the group at the US site in Hillsboro where SolarWorld is currently building the largest solar production facility in the USA. A foto is available on our homepage at About SolarWorld AG The SolarWorld AG group of companies (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a world leader in high quality solar power technology. The company is involved at all levels of the solar value chain and combines all activities of the solar industry from silicon as the raw material to turn-key solar power systems. SolarWorld AG is represented in all the world’s solar growth markets. The group is exclusively dedicated to its core business of photovoltaic power generation operating production facilities in Germany, USA and South Korea. They in turn supply the SolarWorld AG sales offices in Germany, Spain, USA, South Africa and Singapore. The central element of the business in addition to the sale of turn-key solar systems and solar modules to the trade is the distribution of solar silicon wafers to the international solar cell industry. Apart from grid-coupled (on-grid) products the SolarWorld Group also sells off-grid solar power solutions that make an important contribution to the sustainable economic development of threshold and developing countries. Under the name Solar2World the group has pooled its ethical commitment to solar power especially in developing countries. SolarWorld AG employs 2,254 people worldwide. At the stock market the company is listed among others in the technology index TecDAX, in the ÖkoDAX, in the Dow Jones STOXX 600, in the international MSCI index as well as in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI. SolarWorld Press contact SolarWorld AG Martin-Luther-King-Straße 24 53175 Bonn Germany Contact Investor Relations: Tel.-Nr.: 0228/55920-470 Contact Press: Tel.-Nr.: 0228/55920-459 Fax-Nr.: 0228/55920-9470 E-Mail: placement(at) Internet:


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