Innotech opens solar factory in Germany

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The Norwegian company has said that up to 20,000 solar cells an hour, from such manufacturers as Bosch and Q-Cells, will be both tested and optimized at the factory’s 7,000 square meter production area. ITS Halle Cell GmbH, subsidiary of Innotech, will operate it.

Fifty new jobs have been created, most of which have reportedly been filled by people from the Halle/Saale region. An additional 80 jobs and apprenticeships are expected to be created in the second expansion phase, the details of which have not been disclosed.

The construction period on the factory lasted for eight months. With the new addition, Innotech now has three European solar factories.

In a statement, the company said "Innotech Solar has developed an industrial process in which solar cells from different manufacturers are analyzed and their impurities isolated using special lasers. This returns the cells to their full capacity.

"The high-quality cells are then used in Innotech Solar modules. Since far less energy and far fewer raw materials are used to refine solar cells than produce them from scratch, these solar modules are particularly eco-friendly."

Germany’s State Minister of Economic Affairs for Saxony-Anhalt led the inauguration of the factory today. Meanwhile, Birgitta Wolff, Minister of Sciences and Economic Affairs for the state of Saxony-Anhalt opened it. The Mayor of Halle, Dagmar Szabado was also in attendance.