Solar module production with cost savings and low CO2 emissions
Calyxo GmbH from Saxony-Anhalt with sustainability and the sparing use of resources
The three patent certificates posted in the entrance to the company Calyxo GmbH in Thalheim, a suburb of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, which has made a name for itself as the Solar Valley of Saxony-Anhalt, shine in golden like the sun. The crisis in the solar industry didn't see Calyxo scaling back its operations like so many others. On the contrary: the company that began its manufacturing operations six years ago with just four employees now has 175 - and is selling its products to customers all over the world. Calyxo will be attending the Intersolar Europe from 22nd until 24th June 2016 in Munich, where it will be presenting itself at the joint stand of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Reinforced concrete, frugally furnished rooms - and even the executive offices are rather ordinary. The large white and green Calyxo lettering on the facade is more eye-catching, however, and those who venture as far as the small reception area will also notice the golden patent certificates which are a counterpoint to the sober decorations. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, however - and the positive mood in the company, which is only around ten years old, is plainly evident. And positivity is a key requirement for any company that has to survive in the hard-fought market for solar modules.
Unique: thin film procedure without vacuum
Calyxo benefits from the fact that the company can manufacture more economically with its technology and that its module can perform better under certain conditions. "We use cadmium telluride technology and have developed a process with which we can manufacture under normal pressure ratios," explains Dr. Florian Holzapfel. The managing director is especially enthusiastic when he explains the advantages compared with the conventional thin film process that takes place under vacuum conditions. "We use nitrogen as the carrier gas and 'blow' the cadmium telluride, which is heated to 1,000 degrees, onto the glass, which is only heated to 600 degrees. The cadmium telluride condenses immediately due to the considerable temperature difference."
Calyxo holds a patent for this deposition process under atmospheric pressure. "Our technology is of particular interest in hot climates because our modules are more efficient than crystalline products are at high temperatures," says Dr. Florian Holzapfel, managing director of Calyxo GmbH. What is behind this efficient technology, that makes the compay one of two providers worldwide? Read here in the complete article: http://lsaurl.de/nFQE
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