SolarWorld Group presents the proven Sunmodule™ product line and a solar racer at Solar Power 2007 in Long Beach
Camarillo, CA, September 24th, 2007 - SolarWorld Group will present itself at the Solar Power 2007 conference and trade show in Long Beach, California from September 24th to 27th. Solar Power is the biggest solar show in the Americas and brings people from science and industry together. "The American market, particularly in California, is one of the fastest growing the in the world and SolarWorld's operations here are a big part of our strategy for continued growth world-wide," says CSO Frank Henn. SolarWorld's Camarillo, CA factory has been the largest US producer of high quality PV modules for 30 years. The recent addition of SolarWorld's 500 MW Hillsboro, OR factory means that a significant portion of the world's PV cells and modules will be made in the USA.
With its booth, the SolarWorld Group will present its Sunmodule™ product line, which ranges from 50 W up to 215 W. SolarWorld's Sunmodules™ were recently proven in a one year performance test conducted by PHOTON magazine and published in their September issue. The results of this long-term test put Sunmodules® in both 2nd and 3rd place, confirming their exemplary performance in real-world environments.
SolarWorld's US-produced modules were also used to outfit Zurich's Letzigrund Stadium where they will provide climate-friendly electricity for the upcoming European Soccer Championships as the stadium is among the venues of the competition which will be held in Austria and Switzerland. SolarWorld AG has supplied a total of 1,276 high performance modules from its Camarillo, California factory for installation on the stadium roof upwards of the south curve. The high efficiency modules add up to a peak output of 223 Kilowatts and will supply some 184,000 Kilowatt-hours of emission-free electricity per year.
SolarWorld's booth will showcase a scale model of the solar racer SolarWorld No.1, which the company is sponsoring in this year's World Solar Challenge. The racer, propelled by the power of the sun, was developed and built by engineering students of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with SolarWorld AG. The high-tech carbon fiber solar racer will enter the unofficial world championships of solar motor racing, the Panasonic World Solar Challenge, in Australia from October 21st to 28th. "SolarWorld No.1 is setting new standards in solar motor sports," says Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld. "Using comprehensive, first rate engineering know-how and highly efficient solar technology, we see ourselves in pole position to win the race," he says.'
SolarWorld AG is the primary sponsor of the solar racer, which has a curb weight of 330 lbs and reaches a top speed of 75 mph. Its aerodynamically optimized design was inspired by the shape of a dolphin. The vehicle is driven by a highly efficient solar generator that catches the sunlight on a total surface of six square meters. More than 40 budding engineers participated in the design of this unique racing car. "The main aim of our sponsoring activities is to demonstrate the technological efficiency and readiness for use of solar energy and, in doing so, to promote our best young people. By making young scientists from areas like mechanical engineering, mechatronics, computer science and electrical engineering aware of the technological potentials of solar energy, we support the technological development of tomorrow," adds Asbeck.
SolarWorld Real Value
SolarWorld manufactures and sells solar power solutions and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. As the largest solar producer in the United States and Europe, SolarWorld employs about 3,200 people and carries out production in Hillsboro, Ore., and Freiberg and Arnstadt, Germany. From the raw material silicon to solar wafers, cells and panels, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe and is committed to resource- and energy-efficient production. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. For more information, visit www.solarworld-usa.com.
Media relations manager
SolarWorld Industries America
4650 Adohr Lane
Camarillo, CA 93012