19.02.04

19.2.2004: Meldung: Uni-Solar Ovonic: Order for 1 MW of photovoltaic panels

Uni-Solar Ovonic receives order for 1 MW of photovoltaic panels from ThyssenKrupp of Germany

Panels to address the large building-integrated PV market in Germany

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 18, 2004  United Solar Ovonic LLC (Uni-Solar Ovonic), the world leader in thin-film amorphous-silicon solar technology and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENER), today announced that it has received an order for 1 MW of photovoltaic (PV) panels from ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme GmbH (Thyssen). The products will be used by Thyssen to address the expanding building-integrated PV market in Germany. 500 kW has already been shipped, and the balance will be shipped before April 2004.
Thyssen has been a pioneer in introducing flexible UNI-SOLAR® products integrated with metal pans in the German market. "The UNI-SOLAR® products are aesthetically pleasing and can be easily integrated with the metal roofs offered by Thyssen," said Dr.Hans-Dieter Lindenblatt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thyssen. "We look forward to working with Uni-Solar Ovonic to address the rapidly expanding PV roofing market in Germany."
"Our robust and flexible thin-film solar cells are ideally suited for building integrated photovoltaics," said Stanford R. Ovshinsky, President and Chief Technology Officer of ECD Ovonics and Chairman and CEO of Uni-Solar Ovonic. "We are delighted to work with an industry leader like Thyssen to address this market in Germany."
"Integrating the UNI-SOLAR® laminate to its proprietary roofing panels, Thyssen is offering to the market roofs that generate electricity and provide heat insulation. The superior performance of our triple-junction solar cells under typical European conditions offers additional cost advantages to the customer," said Subhendu Guha, President and Chief Operating Officer of Uni-Solar Ovonic.
Uni-Solar Ovonic"s unique thin-film amorphous solar products are being accepted as the ideal solution for both commercial and residential applications. Differing from the traditional crystalline technology, which typically utilizes heavy, glass-mounted panels, the UNI-SOLARâ products are flexible, durable, lightweight and easy to install.

About Uni-Solar Ovonic
Uni-Solar Ovonic, building on technology invented and pioneered by ECD Ovonics, is the world leader in thin-film amorphous photovoltaics. Uni-Solar Ovonic"s 30-megawatt production equipment is the world"s largest and most advanced machine for the manufacture of thin-film amorphous-silicon alloy solar cells and related products used for a variety of applications ranging from solar lanterns of 2-3 watts to large solar farms of 500 kilowatts. Because of characteristics unique to the Uni-Solar Ovonic"s solar cell technology, such as lightweight, ruggedness and flexibility, it is ideal as building-integrated photovoltaic roofing systems for residential and industrial customers. ECD Ovonics and Uni-Solar Ovonic hold the basic patents covering the continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing of thin-film amorphous-silicon alloy multi-junction solar cells and related products. More information is available at www.uni-solar.com.

About ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme GmbH
ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme is a member of the globally active ThyssenKrupp family of companies. The company offers one of the largest product ranges of the building industry for roof and wall in trade and industrial buildings, contained in the different product lines "CreativeLine, SpecialLine and ClassicLine." Its Solartec module is a unique product integrating solar panels to the roof generating electricity and providing energy saving. More information is available at www.tks-bau.com.


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Contacts:
Subhendu Guha, Salama Naguib,
President Vice President, International Sales
United Solar Ovonic LLC United Solar Ovonic LLC
248-475-0100 248-475-0100
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