Freiberg

Facts and figures:

Wafer production capacities:
750 megawatts

Cell production capacities:
330 megawatts

Module production capacities:
660 megawatts

Employees:
1150

Contact:

SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH
Berthelsdorfer Straße 111 A
09599 Freiberg
Germany

Phone: 49-3731-301-4310
E-Mail: info.SWIS@solarworld.com

Visitor addresses:

Industrial Estate South

SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH
Berthelsdorfer Str. 111 A
09599 Freiberg
Germany

Phone: + 49 (0) 3731-301-4310

Directions

Industrial Estate South

With public transportation:
We recommend traveling with the train to the Freiberg train station. Please take a taxi from the station. If no taxi is waiting at the station, call the central taxi number in Freiberg (+49-(0) 3731-355500).

By car:
You will find us in the Berthelsdorfer Straße 111 A in Freiberg in the Industrial Estate South. Traveling from Dresden (B173), drive until the first intersection with a traffic light. Turn onto the Hilbersdorfer Straße. Drive straight on the Hüttenstraße before turning right onto the Carl-Schiffner-Straße. Turn right at the end of the street and immediately left onto Dammweg. On Dammweg, drive to the light. Turn left here and after the tunnel, immediately turn left again. You will find us on the left side after approximately 400 m.
Coming from the A4 turn-off Siebenlehn, drive towards Freiberg. In Freiberg, drive to the end of the Leipziger Straße (left after the palace pond). Proceed on the Wallstraße and Annaberger Straße. Shortly before the end of the Annaberger Straße, turn left onto the street Am Bahnhof. Immediately turn right onto the Humboldtstraße until the intersection Berthelsdorfer Straße. Please note that the Berthelsdorfer Straße continues left after the tunnel. From here, drive approximately 400 m to the Berthelsdorfer Straße 111 A.

 

 

 

Saxonia Industrial Estate

SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH
Carl-Schiffner-Str. 17
09599 Freiberg
Germany

Phone: : + 49 (0) 3731-301-3375

Directions

Saxonia Industrial Estate

With public transportation:
We recommend traveling with the train to the Freiberg train station. Please take a taxi from the station. If no taxi is waiting at the station, call the central taxi number in Freiberg (+49-(0) 3731-355500).  

By car:
You will find us in the Carl-Schiffner-Straße and in the Alfred-Lange-Straße in Freiberg in the Saxonia Industrial Estate. Traveling from Dresden (B173), drive until the first intersection with a traffic light. Turn onto the Hilbersdorfer Straße. Drive straight on the Hüttenstraße before turning right onto the Carl-Schiffner-Straße. The Alfred-Lange-Straße splits from the Carl-Schiffner-Straße at the main entrance of the module production.
Coming from the A4 turn-off Siebenlehn, drive towards Freiberg. In Freiberg, drive to the end of the Leipziger Straße (left after the palace pond). Proceed on the Wallstraße and Annaberger Straße. Shortly before the end of the Annaberger Straße, turn left onto the street Am Bahnhof. Immediately turn right onto the Humboldtstraße. Drive through the traffic light intersection and follow the street, now called Dammstraße. Turn right at the end of the street onto the Frauensteiner Straße and immediately left at the rails onto the Carl-Schiffner-Straße. The Alfred-Lange-Straße splits from the Carl-Schiffner-Straße after approximately 200 m.

 

 

 

Industrial Estate East

SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Peter-Woditsch-Str. 1
09627 Hilbersdorf
Germany

Phone: : + 49 (0) 3731-301-2020

Directions

Industrial Estate East

With public transportation:
We recommend traveling with the train to the Freiberg train station. Please take a taxi from the station. If no taxi is waiting at the station, call the central taxi number in Freiberg (+49- (0) 3731-355500).  

By car:
Traveling from Dresden (B173), you drive through the community of Naundorf. After the city limits sign, you will already see the SolarWorld building on the left side. Take the first or second left. You will then be traveling directly towards the site in the Industrial Estate East. Traveling from Freiberg, take the B 173 in to Dresden. After the city limits sign Halsbach, turn right onto the Ebereschenstraße and then immediately left onto the Ahornstraße, then immediately left again onto the Prof.-Dr.-Peter-Woditsch-Allee.

 

 

 

The SolarWorld Freiberg site

Wafers for the solar industry have been produced at the SolarWorld site in Freiberg, Saxony near the state capital of Dresden since 1994. After the site was acquired by SolarWorld AG in 2000, the original solar wafer production was expanded in stages to form a completely integrated photovoltaic production site. With this, SolarWorld AG set an early bar for the entire industry. In Freiberg, the production facilities for solar wafers, solar cells, and solar modules are spread across three industrial estates. SolarWorld in Freiberg is the largest industrial employer in the district of Mittelsachsen and the largest SolarWorld site worldwide. There were good reasons for locating in the region: Freiberg has been a traditional location for the semiconductor industry since the 1950s. In addition to production across the entire photovoltaic value added chain, all SolarWorld AG research and development activities are bundled in Freiberg.

All Freiberg production and administrative buildings are equipped with photovoltaic systems: Solar plants with a capacity of more than 14 megawatts are installed on the roofs, facades and in the three solar farms.

Products

Wafer made in Saxony

The solar wafer production in Freiberg is the oldest wafer production in Europe. For over 20 years, silicon discs for the later solar cells have been produced here. The many years of production experience is embodied both in the product and in the many machines and systems developed by the SolarWorld engineers themselves. The raw material for wafer production is highly pure silicon. The quality of the wafer is decisive for the performance of the resulting solar modules.

Solar cells from the heart of Saxony

At the heart of every solar module are the solar cells. Because they produce the actual electricity, which can either be consumed on-site or fed into the public grid. And quality pays off. Because a high-quality solar cell ensures you high yields in the long term. We count on experience: Mono and multi crystalline solar cells have been produced in Freiberg since 2002.

Data sheet Solar Cells mono

Data sheet Solar Cells multi

Diverse solar modules from Freiberg

In the Freiberg solar module production, solar cells become real power packets. They bring guaranteed performance to your roof for 25 or 30 years. Every conceivable variant of the SolarWorld solar module is produced in Freiberg: Whether glass-film or glass-glass module, 36, 54, 60 or 72 solar cells, on-grid, off-grid – the entire product range of SolarWorld solar modules rolls off the line in Freiberg. SolarWorld Industries Sachsen is the largest and one of the most modern module productions in Europe.

Data sheets of Solar Panels

Management

Mario Behrendt

Mario Behrendt

Mario Behrendt has held various positions with Samsung (Technology and Production manager, etc.) and last worked as Technical Director before moving to the SolarWorld group in 2006.The native Berliner began as CTO of Deutsche Solar AG, then a subsidiary in Freiberg. In 2009, he became its CEO. Today, he is Spokesperson for the Management Board of SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH.

Volker Mehlig

Volker Mehlig

The learned banker studied Business Administration in Berlin with a focus on taxes and auditing. After his studies, he worked for four years in auditing and tax accountancy before moving to responsible positions in companies in the automobile, electronic and media industries. In 2007, he switched to the SolarWorld group and was CFO of the Freiberg solar module production. He had the same function in 2009 in the solar wafer and solar module production. Today, Volker Mehlig is CFO of SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH (SWIS). The Freiberg wafer, cell and module production were merged in the SWIS on August 1, 2014.

Ralf Petzoldt

Ralf Petzoldt

Ralf Petzold studied Electrical Engineering in Chemnitz and specialized in semiconductor physics. After completing his studies, he began working at the Institute for Microelectronics in Dresden (Dresdner Institut für Mikroelektronik) as a research engineer, and then joined the development department of the Center for Microelectronics (Zentrum für Mikroelektronik, ZMD) as wafer fabrication manager and as Vice President of Operations. In 2002 ZMD sent him to the USA where he worked in New York City for over a year and then helped build a new chip design house in the state of Wisconsin. In July 2009, he switched to the SolarWorld group where he was first Chief Technology Officer at Deutsche Solar AG (then a subsidiary) and later CTO, and today is CEO of SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH.

Holger Reetz

Holger Reetz

The native Berliner moved from the Spree to the Freiburg river Mulde, where from April 2006 he was responsible for solar module production as head of production. From 2009, he was CEO of the then SolarWorld subsidiary Solar Factory GmbH. Before his switch to the SolarWorld group, after his training as a System Technician, Holger Reetz studied automation technology at the Velten School of Engineering. In the television factory "Werk für Fernsehelektronik", which was later acquired by the Samsung group, Holger Reetz was active in various management positions in production. Today, Holger Reetz is CEO of SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH, which combines all stages of photovoltaic production, from wafer to solar cell to solar module under one roof.


History of the site

1994 Founding of Bayer Solar GmbH
1997 Inauguration of the first solar wafer production facility
2000 Acquisition of the solar wafer production from Bayer,
2001 Founding of the solar cell production
2002 Founding of the solar module production
  Founding of the recycling business unit for processing silicon products
  Start of the solar cell production
2003 Start of the solar module production (completion of the photovoltaic value chain) Construction begins for the logistics center SolarLog
2004 Inauguration SolarLog
2006 Inauguration of the second module production (Solar Factory II)
2007 Founding of the SolarWorld Endowment Fund for Academic Research at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg
  Founding of SolarWorld Innovations GmbH (bundling groupwide research activities)
  Inauguration of the second wafer production
2008 State visit by Prince Albert II of Monaco
  Construction begins for the new research and development center
  Saxony’s Minister President Stanislaw Tillich presents a Freiberg solar module to Pope Benedict XVI.; inauguration of the first photovoltaic system of the Vatican – consisting of 2394 Freiberg modules
2009 Topping out ceremony in the new wafer production in the East Industrial Park (largest investment in the history of SolarWorld AG)
2010 Inauguration of the wafer production in the East Industrial Park
  Inauguration of the Innovation Center of SolarWorld Innovations GmbH
2011 Inauguration of the third solar module production
  Inauguration of a production line for off-grid modules
2014 Merging of the three Freiberg production companies to SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH