Nanosolar Ships First Solar Utility Panels For East German Power Plant

January 23, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Nanosolar Inc. announced that it is shipping its solar panels for freefield deployment in Eastern Germany, and that the first Megawatt of its panels will go into a power plant installation there. The power plant is located on a former landfill owned by one of the largest waste management companies in Eastern Germany.

The project will employ the Nanosolar Utility Panel.™ The initial size of the plant is 1MW, an amount sufficient to power approximately 400 homes. The Nanosolar Utility Panel™ is Nanosolar’s first product as part of its PowerSheet™ product line and the company’s solution for building solar power plants on free fields at the outskirts of towns and cities.

"This is the first time that a solar electricity cell and panel has been designed entirely and specifically for utility-scale power generation," said Martin Roscheisen, CEO of Nanosolar. "It will set the standard for green power generation at utility scale."

The company claims that its panels are, "the world’s first" printed thin-film solar cell in a commercial panel product; the first thin-film solar cell with a low-cost back-contact capability; the lowest-cost solar panel (which the company believes will make it the first solar manufacturer capable of profitably selling solar panels at as little as 99 cents per Watt); and the highest-current thin-film solar panel (which the company claims delivers five times the current of any other thin-film panel on the market today and thus simplifies system deployment).