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Calyxo inaugurates new 60 MW CdTe production line

The new fully automated production line has an option to extend to a total of 100 MWp
On Monday 2nd December, the new production line of Calyxo at the Solar Valley in Bitterfeld- Wolfen, Germany was ceremonially inaugurated .

Among the guests were the Minister of Economic Affairs, Tamara Zieschang and the Mayor, Petra Wust. Also present were investors, suppliers , customers and the firm's closest partners.

The festive program was opened by Calyxo CEO, Florian Holzapfel. who gave an overview of the company from 2005 to today. This was followed by speeches from CTO, -Ing. Michael Bauer, Tamara Zieschang and Norman Johnston, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Calyxo GmbH and CEO of its parent company, Solar Fields.

"We are the survivors of Solar Valley!" remarked Johnston, who invented the process of Calyxo GmbH ten years ago, in his welcome speech regarding to the development of Calyxo in Bitterfeld-Wolfen.

Norman Johnston, Calyxo

Calyxo was the last Gallic village. "At least we sometimes felt like this in the recent years in the Solar Valley." Holzapfel said , alluding to an 'Asterix and Obelix' type scenario. In this case, the Romans are Asian solar companies, who at first took over Solibro and later Q -Cells. Also Calyxo suffered from the solar crisis. For four years the solar company did research work for its new manufacturing processes. Now the Calyxo leadership believes it has found the formula of the 'elixier' to enter the market with greater capacity.

Holzapfel commented, "The construction of the new production line took a total of five years with a total investment of about €54 million. For the solar industry a long construction phase, but we have adjusted our strategic decisions in the market place and now the new production line is a clear sign that we and the Calyxo investors believe in the market of tomorrow."

Bauer noted, "In the solar market not automatically the ones who are strong will not survive, but those who can adapt to the market and their requirements "

Calyxo was able to acquire and implement several EPC projects nationally and worldwide in the last year, which provides, among other things, the ability for the company to be more versatile. With its solar modules in the range of 75 to 85 Wp, Calyxo offers its customers modules for a variety of applications - from small installations of single-family homes to large megawatt plants.

For the development of its products, the company has cooperated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics in Halle as well as other institutions.

The state of Saxony-Anhalt also promoted the company. Tamara Zieschang said, "Saxony-Anhalt assist Calyxo in difficult times."

Guests had the opportunity to look at the production line and at process-bound information points, Calyxo experts answered any questions.

The new fully automated production line for cost competitive CdTe thin film solar manufacturing has a production capacity of 60 MWp with an option to extend to a total of 100 MWp. Overall, Calyxo GmbH currently has a capacity of 85 MW and produces eco-friendly CdTe modules with a much better CO2 balance compared to crystalline modules.

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