Solidea 17th February 2012 Warsaw
Solidea is converting an existing 3600m2 factory building at Czestochowa airport to a clean room manufacturing facility for high tech Semi Conductors. This is the first factory of its kind in Poland; it will mass manufacture Photovoltaic cells which are used universally for assembly of Photovoltaic Panels so called technically “Solar Modules”.
Solidea is being launched to provide cells for a new wave of Solar Module manufacturing plants being built in Poland and in other emerging markets in the region and around the world. The first solar module facility built in Poland is already completed and is part of the Solar Energy S.A group. Solar Energy S.A group in Poland are partners with Solidea and it is expected that the two companies will merge in future.
Lower material costs and low running costs in Poland create an excellent environment for the Solar manufacturing industry in Europe. Solidea has a CAPEX of less than 0.15c Watt this is 1/6th of a typical plant over the border in Germany. Czestochowa is an excellent location for access to raw materials including the Whacker Polycrystalline Ore production facilities the world largest producer close by.
Solidea Cell manufacturing plant at Czestochowa will supply low cost high power second generation Polycrystalline cells to clients at home in Poland to Europe and to Asia. Second generation cells are far lower cost to produce than previous technologies they provide much higher output of energy. With a rating of over 16.7% the new Solidea cell plant is one of the best performing production lines on the market.
Solidea will sell it cells to its partner factories here in Poland however it has buyers and many interested clients as far away as India. Having completed the installation of the line in 2012 the development and production team will be under pressure to ramp up production to meet demand and hit new efficiency targets to remain a market leader.
The Solidea development team is busy building an international sales network for solar panels produced by Solar Energy S.A and marketed under the Solidea Brand in over 20 Countries.
Having already secured its initial equity Solidea secured its real estate acquisitions and has reserved a complete 35MW Polycrystalline production line in Singapore. Advanced negotiations are underway to secure Project Finance with banks to commence production as early as end of August 2012; if everything goes to plan the production line should be in transit for Poland within the next 6-8 weeks.
Solidea are planning a rapid succession of vertical expansion to include wafering facilities and Ingot manufacture, and the facilities at Czestochowa are ideal for this. Having completed a full supply chain and having the supply chain in house Solidea will be able to collect ore at source at Whacker in Germany and turn rocks-into-rooftop panels and deliver them anywhere in Europe in just 7 days.
“Solidea’s unique way of working simply flat lines inventory reducing costs and overheads beneath even those of the most aggressive Chinese producers”.
“The rapid rock-to-rooftops supply cycle reduces turnaround to a week where our aggressive Asian competitors take 3-6 months; it means we are able to deliver discounts to the end user in real time. The raw material is easy to come by in our part of Europe [over 60% is currently exported to China] stockpiling ore to make panels is less than 3% cost of the finished panel and in real terms, it means we can use our geographical advantage to remain way ahead of the Asian market in price and profits
Solidea – Solar Lighting 17th February 2012 Warsaw
Solidea presents a new affordable Plug-and-play regime for street lighting in Poland that could deploy several hundred thousand solar panels a year as the source of its renewable energy. Solidea has designed and devised a low cost program to transform Poland’s outdated high energy sodium and tungsten street lighting into a sleek, low energy sustainable utility for hundreds of local and district authorities and without the need to rely on EU and Government handouts.
How it Works
The Solidea Plug-and-play system provides a financially more manageable and staged upgrade as an alternative to outright replacement of the street lamp. Solidea installs a high-tech low cost controller device at outset, the controller which communicates with a central server saves energy, and it reduces maintenance and demonstrates a payback period through measurable saving of months rather than years.
Public Private Partnership
Once in the new utility regime Public Private Partnership investment will transform each light into a high-tech energy producing public utility which generates green tariff energy day and night. The investment capitalizes on using the existing stand, and low weight high capacity state of the art solar modules developed by Solidea semi conductors which are manufactured here in Poland.
Self energy sufficient
The controller can drive standard or low cost solid state lamps [SSL’s]. SSL’s are replacing sodium, tungsten and even many low-tech LED’s installed in Poland. Being grid tied the system uses the utility as a giant battery, the Solidea Plug-and-play street lighting regime puts energy onto the grid taking energy off as it needs. Noiseless high power micro turbines top up the power source; they can produce energy even in a light breeze day and night to make the system ultimately “self energy sufficient”.
“Solidea-Plug-and-Play will transform the liability of Polish street lighting into an ultra low energy sustainable and low maintenance safe public utility and an investment grade asset overnight”
Compatible – transparent – sustainable
Plug and play means sustainable; it also means any off the shelf system is and can be compatible; replacement SSL’s and other components can be readily sourced from unlimited suppliers and they never become redundant because of compatibility. As many of our street lamps are more than 60 years old in Poland with Solidea Plug –and-Play they can be ready to serve at least another 60; just add technology.
The Solidea brand’s semi conductor manufacturing facility in Czestochowa is being fitted out to manufacture solar cells for a new wave of Solar Module manufacturing plants being built in Poland and in other emerging markets in the region and around the world. The first solar module facility built in Poland is already completed and is part of the Solar Energy S. A group. Lower material costs and low running costs in Poland create an excellent environment for the Solar manufacturing industry in Europe.
The availability of well educated and willing workforce in Poland is the backbone of Solidea R&D the market leader in sustainable energy solutions in Central Europe.