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Saint-Gobain Vitrage and Shell to produce photovoltaic panels

Saint-Gobain Vitrage, Saint-Gobain's Flat Glass Sector, and Shell (Shell Erneuerbare Energien GmbH) announce the foundation of a 50/50 joint-venture for the production and sale of next generation photovoltaic panels. This company, named Avancis, will construct production facilities in Torgau, Germany (Saxony). The initial capacity of the plant will be 20 MW, to be rapidly scaled up. Production should commence in 2008. The photovoltaic panels produced by Avancis will use the CIS technology. This innovative technology, developed by Shell, is based on Copper-Indium-Selenium thin-film deposited on glass, and does not incorporate the traditional silicon. It offers high electrical efficiency, and is potentially very cost competitive.

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