Centrotherm to establish new thin-film R&D centre in Blaubeuren

The momentum for thin film solar technologies has been accelerating lately. From PVTech: Thin-film technology development is the focus for centrotherm photovoltaics AG, as the company has today announced the construction of a Research & Development Centre in Blaubeuren, Germany. Completion of the facility, which is to include a thin-film laboratory equipped with the latest analysis tools and pilot fabrication for CIGS lines, is expected in 2H08.

With plans to employ approximately 20 staff members, the facility will be headed up by Dr. Immo Kötschau, who takes up the role of Director of Research and Development. This development follows on from the company’s announced intention at the time of its IPO in October last year that it would use the proceeds to invest in research and development projects.

“Our objective is to enhance our technological expertise and further increase the efficiency of our production lines,” said Robert Hartung, CEO of centrotherm photovoltaics AG. “We are aiming for a guaranteed rate of 10 percent in the production process.”

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