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Sunways Solar Cells for the Largest Transparent Photovoltaic Roof in the USA

October 18, 2012

KONSTANZ, Germany, October 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

        - Transparent design solar cells for multifunctional energy roof
        - Biggest order for building-integrated photovoltaics to date

Sunways AG has received its largest individual order for building-integrated
photovoltaics to date: the Konstanz-based photovoltaics specialist is supplying
semitransparent design solar cells for the new US head office of pharmaceutical company
Novartis. The new construction in East Hanover, New Jersey, will see the installation of
the largest transparent photovoltaic roof in the USA. Renowned architectural firm Rafael
Vinoly from New York designed an open and transparent office building for the company’s
oncology division.

The innovative energy roof underlines the modern architecture of the completely glazed
office complex and will be implemented by Onyx Solar/New York. What is so special about
it: A special process provides the semitransparent solar cells with square cut-out
openings. This leads to transparency levels of around 10 percent. The staggered
arrangement of the solar cells in individually manufactured solar glass modules leads to
additional transparency for daylight. The result is an aesthetic solar roof as a
multifunctional solution: it not only protects against environmental influences but also
uses existing surfaces for the production of renewable energy while rendering natural
lighting and shading possible.

Sunways is supplying over 161,000 monocrystalline, semitransparent design solar cells
(5 x 5 inch / 125 x 125 mm) for the project in East Hanover. They will be installed in 820
bespoke glass modules. The end product will be a roof area of around 2,547 square metres
with a rated output of 295 kilowatts.

As well as solar cells for transparent roof and facade solutions, Sunways also has a
range of coloured solar cells for design-oriented, aesthetic solutions in
building-integrated photovoltaics. Find out more at


About Sunways

Sunways AG, Konstanz/Germany, stands for consistent use of solar energy. Sunways
offers technological competence, performance and highest quality – from single components
to complete solar systems. With photovoltaic solutions tailored to customers’ needs,
Sunways turns exceptional ideas into reality. In 2011, about 330 employees realised sales
of around EUR 115 million. Sunways shares are listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
(SWW:GR, SWWG.DE, ISIN DE0007332207). For further information, please visit


        Contact: Dr. Harald F. Schafer
        Head of Corporate Communications
        Phone  +49-7531-996-77-415
        Fax  +49-7531-996-77-10


Source: PR Newswire