Magazine for employees Issue 15_December 2009 and business associates News & facts about the CENTROTEC and CENTROSOLAR Groups 15 CENTRO text The CEO writes: Copenhagen: technology, not targets While heads of state and government are thrashing out specific savings targets at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the year 2015 – by when greenhouse emissions must be cut if global warming is realistically to be limited to 2 °C – draws ever closer. An international agreement is undoubtedly essential if climate change is genuinely to be tackled. But the danger is that any consensus reached will fall well short of what is actually needed, that the savings targeted will be much too soft and that even Deutsche Bank chooses Wolf those targets will ultimately not be met, as happened with Kyoto. The key solution to energy-saving systems solving the climate problem is technologies for energy efficiency and renewable energies Logistical masterstroke: that, having demonstrated their ecological 55 air conditioning units installed 160 m above ground advantages and superior economy, will gain unstoppable momentum to the benefit of the Those who think big use Wolf for their collaboration between planners, plant global climate. The photovoltaic industry is building and renovation projects. Deutsche engineers and equipment suppliers, a prime example: within the next two to four Bank is no exception: it is currently the overall system being created is years, solar power will be able to compete installing the latest energy technology outstandingly energy-efficient. The appli- with power generated by plants running on in the famous twin towers (40 and 38 ances have been optimised for energy fossil fuels and therefore emitting CO2. storeys tall) of its Frankfurt headquarters. efficiency and heat recovery and satisfy Following a phase of development and sub- Wolf's head office relished the challenge national and international standards sidies, it will then be in a position to progress of taking on such a major installation such as LEED (Leadership in Energy as an internationally successful sector, inde- project and was awarded the contract and Environmental Design) certification. pendently of state funding. Innovations in the in November 2008. 55 air conditioning This ecological seal of quality defines field of heating and refrigeration are likewise units with air capacities of 5,000 – standards for environmentally friendly, already helping to protect our climate. 53,000 m3/h will have been delivered resource-conserving, sustainable to Frankfurt in around 100 truck loads building and renovating and assesses by the time the new system goes into the ecological quality of buildings. Dr. Gert-Jan Huisman operation in 2010. Thanks to successful Climate Systems Gas Flue Systems Med. Tech. & Eng. Plastics Solar Systems _Innovation: "Low Profile" air distribution _Wolf/Ubbink: New integrated _Centroplast: CENTRODAL MD/POM-MD _CENTROSOLAR: Capital increase system energy roof Soleja _bricon: Market entry into trauma surgery successfully completed _Brink: Revolutionary ventilation concept _Centrosolar Glas: Full capacity reached 02 C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 Climate Systems Innovation: "Low Profile" air distribution system New easy-to-fit pipe system being marketed group-wide Through a systematic process of refinement we have frame houses. In addition to these important selling points, come up with a new high-grade, flexible pipe system for the pipe exhibits antistatic properties. This prevents deposits existing and new building projects. The system is ideally from accumulating. Impressive system hygiene is a unique suitable for integration into existing structure and also feature, because the inner surface has a permanent special minimises the installation height of the floor structure. anti-bacterial coating. It exhibits high stability coupled with maximum flexibility in both planes. A very smooth inner surface The "Low Profile" pipe is only 50 mm high and 100 mm wide. assures optimum flow characteristics. Ease of integration and routing is moreover a major consider- ation in houses with shallow installation heights and in timber The "Low Profile" pipe is manufactured from hygienically safe new material. An easily realised, highly effective ventilation duct system reflecting generally accepted engineering practice can be created with just a small number of accessory items. The horizontal elbow, the vertical elbow and the click-on sleeve, each fitted with two rotating sealing and retaining elements, which means the plane in which the pipe is laid can be rotated through 180°. The connecting elements for ventilation valves or grilles are connected to the distributors using the "Low Profile" pipe, with the air flow reducing element allowing the volume to be regulated at the distributor connection. Due to its many advantages the pipe system is being marketed by almost all companies of the Climate Systems and Gas Flue segments. C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 03 Climate Systems Largest solar thermal plant in the United Arab Emirates completed Abu Dhabi is experiencing a sustained construction boom, with sites peppering the entire city. The biggest construction venture is the international exhibition centre of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the "Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Other projects on the Center" (ADNEC), which includes a 5-star hotel and a multi-storey car park. Arabian peninsula The local regulations in the Emirates require all new buildings to use environmentally friendly energies. For the ADNEC, the developers therefore decided to install a thermal solar system for water warming. Because European standards and German quality in particular are very highly prized, Wolf was brought on board to supply the F3-1 high- performance flat collectors. Wolf also took charge of all planning work for the solar thermal plant, intermediate calorifier and water heating system, control technology and statics of the collectors' support frames. 560 solar collectors with an area of 1,120 m2 The ADNEC's solar thermal plant comprises 560 collectors with a combined absorber area of 1,120 m2 and is rated to supply 40,000 litres of hot water per day at 70 °C. As well as the hotel's 410 double rooms, it also serves two restaurants, a hotel kitchen and a swimming pool. It is installed on the flat roof of the 9-storey car park. Thanks to the local insolation rates, the plant achieves an output of 900 kW. This is currently the largest solar thermal plant anywhere in the United Arab Emirates. Maximum availability even at peak-load times Four horizontal intermediate calorifiers each with a capacity of 20,000 l were installed to The thermal solar system on the ADNEC in Abu store energy for night-time use and to cover the very rare eventuality of days with little Dhabi was started up by Wolf and its partner, sunlight. These calorifiers were developed by Wolf's Planning Department and equipped the REA Group, on August 1, 2009, kicking off with special layered baffle pipes and layered baffle plates. There are also four down- a whole series of projects in that region. stream stainless steel calorifiers each with a capacity of 2,000 l to cover peak loads. The state planning authority in Abu Dhabi has For maximum operating reliability of the entire system, it is governed by a modern web- already commissioned Wolf and its partners capable master control system. This ensures that any malfunctions can be immediately with the task of planning thermal solar systems detected and rectified as swiftly as possible. for water heating and solar cooling for further construction projects such as hotels, industrial buildings, villa parks and residential districts. Enquiries have also been received from neigh- bouring emirates such as Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar, as well as from Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. 04 C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 Climate Systems Wolf oil-fired condensing cascade system ideal for swimming pools Energy consumption for heating outdoor swimming pool cut by 40 % A 4-boiler cascade system based on the 40 kW oil-fired condensing boiler COB-40, the larger counterpart to the award-winning COB-2, was started up in May 2009 at the outdoor swimming pool in Leibersdorf, Lower Bavaria. The 160 kW system replaced an old oil-fired boiler from 1973. Swimming pools are an ideal application for a condensing boiler. Thanks to the lower system temperatures, the boiler permanently runs in the condensing mode, consistently achieving an efficiency rating in excess of 100 % (based on lower heating value). In the warm months of the year, the water in Leibersdorf is additionally heated by 80 m2 swimming pool absorbers. The operators were delighted to discover that energy consumption had already been cut by 40 % during the heating-up phase at the start of the bathing season. Innosource fully integrated into Brink Climate Systems Innosource B.V. was taken over by Brink response to rising demand for ventilation Innoventus will therefore be marketed Climate Systems B.V. four years ago. products, Innosource will be fully merged and sold entirely under the umbrella of Production operations for Innosource with Brink Climate Systems by January 1, Brink Climate Systems. In incorporating products have now been moved from 2010. Innosource's demand-controlled, the former Innosource products, Brink Lisse to the company's central location noise-insulating ventilation systems Climate Systems is strengthening its in Staphorst. To complete the ongoing fit seamlessly into the Brink Climate position further as a brand and full- process of integration and therefore Systems product range. In future, the service provider for modern ventilation come up with a more effective strategic existing products such as Sonair and systems. C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 05 Climate Systems Revolutionary ventilation concept: the "Breathing Window" Preheated outside air blown in Stale air to outside Supply Heat air from exchanger outside CO2 sensor Particulate matter filter for supply air Outlet air filter Stale air led away Two development experts who are residential and office buildings, hotels enables the "Breathing Window" to respond highly renowned in the Netherlands, and health care establishments). Thanks to wind loads, temperature and the CO2 Professor Jon Kristinsson and to the absence of long ventilation ducts concentration. The incorporation of two Dr. Noor van Andel, have created it also lends itself outstandingly to use in DC fans installed in the wall aperture and patented a fundamentally new the refurbishment of older buildings. The creates a compact-design ventilation unit heat exchanger and control system. compact facade ventilation unit achieves with exceptionally low energy consumption a peak output of 75 m3/hour per room. and noise. The "Breathing Window" is Using this innovative technology, Brink consequently also ideal for use in facades Climate Systems B.V. has developed a The "Breathing Window" is a genuinely exposed to high noise levels. completely new, non-central system for trailblazing concept that is based on a facade ventilation with heat recovery. unique HR heat exchanger with 15 km of Ventilation losses in residential buildings This system brings huge advantages for fine-gauge copper wire. The USP of this account for 20 to 30 % of the total the building trade and its users; instead exchanger and its thin copper wire is the energy loss for the residential sector. of necessitating suspended ceilings and high heat conductance that means the The "Breathing Window" means as much thick ventilation ducts, it is a simple, unit can generate heat from the excep- as 90 % of those losses can be avoided. intelligent, hygienic, energy-efficient and tionally low temperature of just 25 °C, The main advantage of the "Breathing low-cost form of facade ventilation. and cooling output from the exceptionally Window" is that it can easily be installed high temperature of 15 °C. The "Breathing in older buildings, thus making a con- The uses of the "Breathing Window" are Window" is equipped with a patented siderable contribution towards realising not limited to new buildings (such as temperature balance control system. This energy savings by existing buildings. 06 C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 Climate Systems A new home for environmental trendsetters Dutch "zero emissions house" design project equipped with Ned Air heat recovery system The eye-catching "Eco Iglo" designed by the Dutch firm of architects Intact Ecodesign is a prefabricated house for energy self-sufficient, modern living that makes intelligent use of systems. Specially designed for the Netherlands, a countryside criss-crossed by waterways, the "Eco Iglo" combines the aspiration to absolute sustainability with the idea of "living with and on water". The hemispherical "Eco Iglo" is mounted on a floating 20 x 20 m pontoon that rests on the water's surface, is capsize-proof and unsinkable. A footbridge connects it to the shore. The igloo home itself consists of a self-supporting structure made from steel and heat-insulating glass, with a standard diameter of 10 m. For all its unconventional appearance from the outside, it encloses 137 m2 of living space in total, spread over two floors, with a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the surrounding countryside into the bargain. All the construction materials used are certified as sustainable. “The Eco Iglo is a good example of how innovative architecture can promote sustainable living by adopting integrated system solutions.” Ingrid Veenstra, Managing Director Ned Air The "Eco Iglo" is not only an amazing place to live; above all, it is CO2-neutral. 35 m2 of solar cells that are integrated directly into the exterior glazed surface, on a level with the ground floor's ceiling, supply solar power as a source of energy. Another 35 m2 of solar modules are mounted on the exterior of the upper floor. These solar modules can C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 07 Climate Systems What houses can learn from cars be adjusted radially to track the course of the sun as it moves Modern cars show east to west throughout the day, in order to guarantee optimum how it can be done: insolation rates. The house is also equipped with a small wind a push of a button is power plant. 10 MW of power is generated each year to make all it takes for the renewable energies available for private use. system to regulate the fresh-air supply and Ventilation, heating and cooling for the "Eco Iglo" are provided temperature control, by a Ned Air system with heat recovery installed at the tip of all in the background the igloo. That system, with a capacity of 1500 m3/h, heats and without the driver the incoming air on demand via a heat exchanger, maintaining needing to make any a pleasant climate on each floor of the house. By way of addi- further adjustments tional heating for the floor of the lower level, which is close to elsewhere. the water, geothermal energy is tapped using a ground-source That is often not yet the case in homes, where it is typical to find the heat pump. The igloo home is in addition equipped with a solar heating, air conditioning, ventilation and, more latterly, renewable energy collector that provides hot water. To ensure that such a complex systems all running independently. In other words, the heating, air con- system operates optimally, all sources of power, heating and ditioning, ventilation and solar thermal systems are activated individually hot water are networked using advanced control technology. and operate oblivious to what the other systems may be doing. These units need to operate as a team if the potential of modern installations Modern zero emissions houses are more topical than ever, and renewables is to be realised. Intelligent control engineering that in a fact that has been fittingly reflected by coverage of the effect makes the units talk to each other and coordinates their output is "Eco Iglo" on the news on Dutch television. therefore essential. That is much to the benefit of a house's occupants, because it not only makes living in comfort cheaper and more sustainable, but also easier to achieve. Instead of multiple separate control circuits, there will soon be just the one. CENTROTEC brings together expertise in modern heating, ventilation, air conditioning and renewable energies as well as modern control technology in developing such integrated units and systems and making them available as a solution for sustainable living. 08 C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 Gas Flue Systems The new, integrated energy roof Soleja from Wolf and Ubbink Photovoltaic, solar thermal and dummy modules have been combined to form a homogeneous surface, putting an end to the "patchwork" look of our energy roofs Solar technology has made big in- by jowl with round gas flue and Ubbink to join forces in developing a roads into the roofs of our houses. ventilation pipes or sloping dormer solar energy roof that satisfies both Photovoltaic modules (for power windows, leaving unsightly gaps in functional and aesthetic requirements. generation) and solar collectors (for between. The result is the new Soleja energy roof. water heating/heating backup) have been well received by homeowners Consumer surveys have identified growing The principal task of the joint project was in view of the revenue they generate demand for aesthetically pleasing energy to develop a new solar collector with the from the power that has been fed roofs which combine solar heating and size, thickness and colour of a typical into the grid or the heating costs photovoltaics harmoniously and integrate photovoltaic module. Dummy modules that have been saved. But our roofs roof ducts and windows into a uniform that look very similar to real, functioning have turned into patchwork quilts surface. This problem inspired our solar modules were also developed; these can where rectangular modules lie cheek expert Wolf and our roofing specialist be cut to size on site so that they fit C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 09 Gas Flue Systems around roof windows or pipes and fill gaps in the surface. Finally, there is a sub- structure that keeps the roof tight and anchors the overall system securely to the roof structure. Centrosolar supporting solar project in West Africa The results of this joint project are truly impressive to behold. The new Soleja is not only aesthetically very appealing; it also brings an array of practical advantages. Photovoltaic modules from a variety of manufacturers can now be integrated into the system, any unevenness in the roof surface can be compensated for, and above all the dummy modules can be cut to shape directly on site. The few such systems available to date are all impractical and actually much more expensive. Soleja will be launched in Germany in March 2010, after which it will be rolled out in other European markets. “The Soleja concept was devised jointly by Wolf and Ubbink. We are now also going to market it jointly throughout Europe.” Maurits Boogaard, Vice President Technology CENTROTEC Centrosolar regularly demonstrates its social responsibility and is currently supporting a solar project being masterminded by the German 1 2 Urbis Foundation in central Togo. The charitable private foundation runs a pilot and training farm that is dependent on solar power to keep the water pump operating, the chicken farm heated and the buildings lit. Centrosolar donated ten thin-film and five crystalline solar modules for the solar plant, and also provided practical assistance with their installation in situ. At the end of October the solar plant was officially opened in the presence of Willi Ernst, Advisory Council member of Centrosolar AG, and Geerling Loois, Managing Director of Renusol GmbH, and has since gained a reputation throughout 3 the country. 1. Dummy modules 2. Solar collectors 3. Photovoltaic modules 10 C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 Medical Technology & Engineering Plastics CENTRODAL MD/POM-MD Detectable plastic for use in the food sector detectors that are routinely fitted to such machinery in the food industry pick up this magnetically detectable plastic even if the particles are just a few millimetres in size, and then extract them reliably from the produce. Compliance with foodstuff regulations to BfR/FDA The key operating properties are preserved, despite the material's modification. CENTRODAL MD satisfies the BfR/FDA legal requirements for direct contact with food. CENTRODAL MD is based on the engineering plastic poly- oxymethylene (POM). CENTRODAL MD can be supplied in the form of both round-section rods and slabs. Modification of other materials, such as PA 6 and PET, is possible. Components made from engineering plastics are becoming increasingly common in machinery used in the food industry. Properties/advantages Such components may come into contact with food during • Reduced costs thanks to use of cheaper plastic instead the production process, and parts of various sizes may of expensive materials (e. g. stainless steel) contaminate the produce if they are damaged. The result is • Low energy consumption by conveyor systems thanks damage to the health of the consumer. to lighter plastic parts • Compliance with foodstuff regulations to BfR/FDA This issue has prompted a requirement for all plastic parts • Optimum machining properties that may come into contact with food to be detectable. • Even small particles highly detectable CENTRODAL MD possesses precisely that property. The metal bricon: venture into market segment of trauma surgery Seriflex trauma/repo unveiled in October at the German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery in Berlin Seriflex trauma/repo is a new, multi- involves using the innovative, versatile functional spinal implant from bricon Seriflex plate with a special articulated that can be used in the treatment of carriage and cannulated pedicle screws. fractured vertebrae. It can also be used The basic instruments of the bricon for correcting and straightening all kinds Seriflex system are available for all of vertebral displacement. In Seriflex applications, in conjunction with a trauma/repo, bricon now has a first small number of special instruments product in its range that is suitable for on the Seriflex trauma/repo module. use in both trauma surgery and ortho- The corresponding special screws are paedic treatments. The patented system available in all customary dimensions allows all degrees of freedom to be and are easy to identify thanks to the located with a single nut, something that colour coding. The universal, modular no competitor product achieves. Bone system meets the high standards of cement can moreover be introduced both surgeons and surgical/sterilisation through all screws (monoaxial and poly- personnel, is easy to use and is clearly axial), allowing osteoporotic bones like- structured. wise to be treated. Seriflex trauma/repo C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 11 Solar Systems Centrosolar Glas: full capacity of 6 million m2/year reached Market-leading nanocoating process making inroads Centrosolar Glas, the solar glass specialist within the CENTRO- SOLAR Group, has increased its annual Capital increase successfully capacity to 6 million m2. The acquisition of new completed customers in Europe, North America and CENTROSOLAR Group AG successfully completed a capital Asia has prompted increase in mid-November, placing 5.8 million new no par the company to double value shares on the market. The new shares were offered its production output to shareholders with an existing investment from the end of over the past two years. October and met with such high demand that no additional The best-selling product is anti-reflective coated solar glass, which the private placement took place. company launched eight years ago and is now the market-leading product worldwide. A new feature is that the patented nanocoating can now also CENTROSOLAR Group AG accrued gross issuing proceeds of be applied on one side only, and across the entire surface, making the around EUR 20 million as a result of this measure. The funds production process for this internationally sought-after solar glass even are to be used to reduce net debt and finance further growth, more efficient. The new process is set to go into volume production now. in particular through the expansion of Solar Integrated Systems business outside Germany as well as business for anti-reflective Centrosolar Glas is the world market leader for nanocoated anti-reflective coated solar glass. solar glass, which boosts the annual output of a solar module fitted with it by between 3 and 7 %. In response to the steady rise in demand, EUR 10 million have been invested in expanding production capacity at Fürth over the past two years with the support of the parent company in Munich. Further plans for expansion to increase capacity are already in the pipeline. CENTROSOLAR: the tide has turned November 25, 2009 sunlight through the glass and into the cell Successful end to year Yes, they do exist: niche solar business- looked in better health. As well as its innova- Following a very weak first half, the niche es that can hold their ground in the face tive products, this is also thanks to an player heralded in a change of fortunes at of aggressive competition from Asia. efficient sales structure and a significantly operating level in the third quarter. Profits CENTROSOLAR is unquestionably one superior approach to raw material sourcing. were a hitherto unprecedented 7 million such business. In operating terms, it Because CENTROSOLAR decided against euros, and 45 % up on the prior-year quarter. has now impressively turned the tide. taking out long-term supply agreements in CENTROSOLAR boss Dr. Alexander Kirsch The technical analysis also speaks recent years, the company is able to buy in told AKTIONÄR: "The third quarter was no volumes in favour of this investment. materials more cheaply than its competitors flash in the pan. We expect CENTROSOLAR now that prices of modules, cells and wafers to continue performing well in the fourth Yesterday, CENTROSOLAR reported that the have dropped off this year. quarter and next year, too." solar factory in Wismar that has been run- ning at full capacity since May now has its Centrosolar Group WKN: 514850 Well positioned own solar energy plant. But its announce- 4.76 4.50 Everything is falling into place at CENTRO- ment on November 12 about the successful 4.00 SOLAR: its balance sheet looks comfortable capital increase was much more revealing. 3.50 (once more), it has a product range with With the gross issuing proceeds of around 3.00 USPs, and it has shown foresight in its raw EUR 20 million, it can now at last reduce its 2.50 material sourcing. Many factors in the debt and invest in growth. 2.00 technical analysis point towards a continuing Never before has this specialist in solar 1.83 upward trend in this attractively priced solar 09 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov mounting systems and in a nanotech coating investment. One to buy as a speculation! 1 Year Currency EUR that transmits up to four percent more Florian Söllner 12 C E N T R O T E X T | Issue 15_December 2009 Germany · Brilon · www.centrotec.de CENTROTEC Group Wolf GmbH Germany · Mainburg · www.wolf-heiztechnik.de Energietechnik Kuntschar + Schlüter GmbH Germany · Wolfhagen-Ippinghausen www.energie-ks-gmbh.de Brink Climate Systems B.V. Netherlands · Staphorst · www.brinkclimatesystems.nl Golu B.V. Netherlands · Soest · www.golu.nl Kempair B.V. Netherlands · Eindhoven · www.kempair.nl Deveko B.V. Netherlands · Deventer · www.deveko.nl Ned Air B.V. Netherlands · Kampen · www.ned-air.nl EnEV-Air GmbH Germany · Ahaus · www.enev-air.de Brink-Innosource GmbH Germany · Freudenberg · www.brink-lueftungstechnik.de Ubbink B.V. Netherlands · Doesburg · www.ubbink.nl ww.ubbinkdakkapel.nl Dear colleagues, shareholders and business partners, Ubbink NV Belgium · Mariakerke/Gent · www.ubbink.be Ubbink UK Ltd. Christmas is the festival of love and a time to think United Kingdom · Brackley · www.ubbink.co.uk particularly about those less fortunate than ourselves. Ubbink France SAS France · La Chapelle sur Erdre/Cedex · www.ubbink.fr In that spirit, this year we would once again like to do something for people and creatures in need of Centrotherm Systemtechnik GmbH Germany · Brilon · www.centrotherm.com particular support. We will therefore be donating the Centrotherm Gas Flue Technologies Italy S.R.L. Solar modules sum we have previously spent on Christmas cards and Italy · Arbizzano/Verona · www.centrotherm.it gifts to the "Klasse 2000" project (www.klasse2000.de) "Made in Kenya" – and the "Reintroduction Station for Birds of Prey and Centrotec JI Asia Pte. Ltd. Singapore · Singapore · www.centrotec.com.sg where the sun Owls" (www.essenthoer-muehle.de) in our region. Bond-Laminates GmbH Germany · Brilon · www.bond-laminates.com We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas almost always shines and good start to a successful New Year! Centrotec Composites GmbH Germany · Brilon · www.centrotec.de Joint venture to start production medimondi AG Germany · Munich · www.medimondi.de in Q3/2010 Möller Medical GmbH Germany · Fulda · www.moeller-medical.com Ubbink B.V. is planning to erect a bricon ag module manufacturing plant in Kenya Switzerland · Dietikon · www.bricon.ch together with the African company Centroplast Engineering Plastics GmbH Germany · Marsberg · www.centroplast.de Chloride Exide, of Largo. Chloride Exide is already the market leader Centroplast UK Ltd. United Kingdom · Stafford · www.centroplast.de in Kenya for solar home systems and Rolf Schmidt INDUSTRI PLAST A/S the accompanying battery systems, Denmark · Kolding · www.rsip.com and one of the top three suppliers in the neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania. The production plant will be located in Naivasha, about Germany • Munich • www.centrosolar.com 80 km from Nairobi; this district of lakes is also renowned for its large Centrosolar AG population of giraffes, zebras, flamingos Germany • Hamburg • www.solara.de Germany • Paderborn • www.biohaus.de Germany • Durach • www.solarstocc.com and hippos. The joint venture Ubbink East Africa Ltd. will concentrate on the manufacture of small to medium solar modules of the type typically used for 12 volt solar power supplies for the operator's own Centrosolar Sonnenstromfabrik GmbH Germany • Wismar • www.sonnenstromfabrik.de consumption. The crystalline modules are based on fragments of polycrystalline solar cells that are laser- Centrosolar Glas GmbH & Co. KG cut locally into utilisable microcells. This starting material is supplied jointly by Centrosolar and Solland. Germany • Fürth • www.centrosolarglas.de As one of the first local module manufacturers in Africa, Ubbink East Africa Ltd. aims to act as a catalyst Renusol GmbH Germany • Cologne • www.renusol.com for a rapid spread of environment-friendly solar technology on the African continent. The intention is that low-cost all-in packaged solar systems will help poorer people, too, gain access to a profitable invest- Solarsquare AG Switzerland • Bern • www.solarsquare.ch ment. For that reason, the project has also already been given official support by the Dutch government. Centroplan GmbH Germany • Geilenkirchen • www.centroplan.de Subsidiaries: France • Centrosolar France SARL Imprint Netherlands • Centrosolar Benelux B.V. Greece • Centrosolar Hellas MEPE Responsible: CENTROTEC Sustainable AG, Michaele Mülder Production: MetaCom Corporate Communications GmbH Spain • Centrosolar Fotovoltaico España S.L. Italy • Centrosolar Italia S.r.l. A detailed list of all addresses can be found on our website www.centrotec.de USA • Centrosolar America Inc.
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