14.12.06

14.12.2006: Meldung: Spire Offers Thin Film Photovoltaic Module Production Line

Solar energy experts from around the world gathered in Hamburg, Germany on November 29 and 30 to attend a conference titled "The Future of Plastic and Thin Film Photovoltaics". Among the featured presenters was Roger Little, Chairman & CEO of Spire Corporation who introduced Spire"s new starter production line for the development of thin film photovoltaic modules. Mr. Little"s presentation was given to industry leaders who are creating a roadmap for the commercialization of new photovoltaic materials.

The development of thin film photovoltaic materials, both inorganic and organic, has accelerated in recent years, partly fueled by a worldwide shortage of polysilicon, a crucial ingredient for traditional, crystalline silicon solar cells. Spire is introducing its new thin film module production line to address needs of this new, expanding market. As a global leader in photovoltaic equipment development and sales, Spire has over 30 years of experience providing the production tools for building solar modules, and has been developing machines to address the specific needs of the new generation of thin film materials.

Spire"s thin film production line utilizes customer-supplied thin film plates. Spire equipment is used to laminate, frame, test, and add electrical junction box connections to the thin film modules. The production line can be fitted with automation options to meet customer requirements. One component of this new thin film production line is Spire"s Single-Long Pulse Simulator, which is used to test photovoltaic modules. Earlier this year, Spire introduced an enhanced feature option for Spire"s line of solar simulators that incorporates a very stable, single long-pulse (SLP) of light during which the entire I-V measurement is performed. This feature is key to testing thin film modules accurately.

Mr. Little said, "The solar market is exploding, and the growth of the thin film sector offers new avenues for future industry expansion. Spire has provided the production equipment upon which the silicon-based solar industry has been built; now we offer tools for the next generation of photovoltaics."

ABOUT SPIRE CORPORATION

Spire Corporation is a worldwide leader in developing and providing innovative solar energy manufacturing equipment. Spire is the world"s only equipment and technology supplier that manufactures all the equipment in-house for an entire module production line. Spire offers full, turnkey solutions for wafer, cell and module manufacturing equipment and supplies custom photovoltaic systems. For more information visit www.spirecorp.com.

Certain matters described in this news release may be forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of dependence on market growth, competition and dependence on government agencies and other third parties for funding contract research and services, as well as other factors described in the Company"s Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Spire Corporation
Roger G. Little, 781-275-6000
Chairman & CEO

Source: Spire Corporation
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