Conergy’s Head of Technology Speaking at InterSolar North America about Photovoltaic Manufacturing Processes

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Dr. Karl Heinz Kuesters presenting on best practices in cost reduction and technology optimization.

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"While it is important to offer competitively priced products, it can not be done at the expense of quality and durability."
- Dr. Karl Heinz Kuesters

Dr. Karl Heinz Kuesters, Head of Technology at Conergy’s solar module factory in Germany, will be presenting in a session about performance enhancement and cost reduction in Silicon based cell and module technology at the InterSolar North America conference. As Head of Technology and overseeing Conergy’s state-of-the-art, fully-automated and vertically-integrated manufacturing facility, Mr. Kuesters has unique insight into the development of manufacturing processes that optimize technology and reduce costs.

Dr. Kuesters presentation will focus on the main technology trends, performance enhancement measures, the effects of integration in the manufacturing process and the tradeoffs between system efficiency and system cost. Mr. Kuesters said, “Cost reduction in the production of silicon based modules, both in raw material and in the manufacturing process, is a growing trend. While it is important to offer competitively priced products, it can not be done at the expense of quality and durability. At Conergy, we use integrated manufacturing and highly-automated systems to ensure quality in the race for cost reduction.” Mr. Kuesters will be speaking Tuesday, July 12th at 2:00 PM at the InterSolar NA conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Responsible for technology development at Conergy, Dr. Kuesters develops higher-efficiency, lower-cost cell and module technology, manages product development, technology integration and R&D initiatives in cooperation with external institutes and funding programs.

Conergy’s state-of-the-art, vertically-integrated and fully-automated manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder) was launched in 2007. The plant manufactures solar modules from the silicon ingot stage to a finished module, which provides Conergy improved quality control and insight into module optimization. This insight into full system optimization, allowed Conergy to develop the 3-busbar cell design, which optimizes the entire module, compared to the 2-busbar cell design which optimizes the cell’s efficiency, but decreases the module’s yield. This innovation is being adopted in the industry. Producing the PowerPlus, Conergy’s premium solar energy module, the 250 Megawatt manufacturing facility includes 24 wafer saws, 4 cell production lines and 5 module production lines. Due to increased quality controls, high-quality components and lack of human-error, the Conergy PowerPlus solar module offers increased durability and lifetime yield.

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About Conergy
Around the world, only Conergy delivers solar energy systems from a single source. As a system manufacturer, Conergy produces all components for a solar installation and offers all services under one roof. With its modules, inverters and mounting systems, the solar expert creates Conergy System Technology, which is efficient and synchronized solar energy systems for private or commercial rooftops, as well as for multi-Megawatt Parks.

Conergy System Sales brings Conergy premium products to nearly 40 countries. The solar expert supports homeowners, installers, wholesalers and investors in their efforts to “go solar” through deep-rooted local operations in 40 countries. With sales activities on five continents, Conergy has close relationships with all its customers. Listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Conergy employs more than 1,700 people worldwide. Since Conergy’s founding in 1998, it has produced and sold more than 1.5 GW of clean solar power.

Conergy’s Solar Large Projects Group delivers a “Worry-Free Package” for Conergy solar installations. Conergy’s experts manage the planning and financing, project installation and implementation, system monitoring, operation and on-going maintenance for turn-key solar projects to achieve maximum performance.

Through its acquisition of well-established local companies, Conergy began operating as a distributor and project developer in North America in 2005 and currently has five offices, four warehouses and three production sites in the region. Conergy manufacturers mounting systems in Sacramento, CA. In Ontario, Canada Conergy produces modules and mounting systems that meet local content requirements for the Provincial FIT. Conergy offers innovative products and tailored services to their North America network of system integrators and project developers.Through these activities, Conergy maintains expert knowledge about local market conditions and requirements.

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