Solarwatt puts module production plant into operation

German Solarwatt GmbH has commissioned »Europe's largest production facility« for glass-glass solar modules in Dresden. The first modules produced there will be delivered next week. The new solar module production facility has a floor area of around 3,500 square meters and a production capacity of 300 megawatts per year.
In recent months, a battery storage production facility has also been built in the immediate vicinity of the new module production facility on an area of around 2,500 square meters. This is where the final assembly of the Battery flex electricity storage system, which Solarwatt developed together with the BMW Group, takes place. In addition, the automotive supplier Webasto manufactures the cell module for the battery storage system in Bavaria on behalf of Solarwatt. This new facility has a footprint of about 300 square meters and produces a cell module in about two minutes. Production in the two battery storage manufacturing facilities started at the beginning of September. In total, Solarwatt will invest more than €100 million ($117 million) over the next few years, around 35 million of which in the three new production facilities.
The company also wants to accelerate the coupling of the energy, mobility and heat sectors. »A homeowner who operates an electric car and a heat pump with a photovoltaic system and a battery storage system reduces his own CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent,« explains CEO Detlef Neuhaus.
Solarwatt employs around 600 people worldwide, more than 400 of them in Dresden. Another 400 new jobs are to be added by 2025.

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