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11 July 2007


Global Solar modules certified to US military MIL-STD-810E standard

Global Solar Energy Inc of Tucson, AZ, USA, which makes thin-film copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar cells on flexible substrates, says its P3 Portable Power Pack foldable solar module has received MIL-STD-810E certification from the US military after passing tests by the National Technical Systems Arizona Division including immersion, vibration, high-temperature storage, low-temperature storage, temperature shock, altitude, sand and dust, and transit drop testing. “To my knowledge no other flexible solar product has this military certification,” says president Mike Gering .

Global Solar’s flexible, foldable solar modules come in varying power sizes for consumer and military applications, and can be used to charge anything from cell phones and iPods to military 2590 rechargeable batteries, the firm claims.

“We anticipated that our P3 products would pass the tests; Global Solar Energy has been manufacturing quality solar products for several years,” says Gering. Global Solar was founded in 1996 as a subsidiary of UniSource Energy Corp of Phoenix, AZ, which sold it in April 2006 for $16m to a German venture capital investor (81% owner) and photovoltaic module manufacturer and main customer Solon AG of Berlin, Germany (19% owner).

Last November, Global Solar said it was spending $75m over 18 months to renovate a building near the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park and hire another 50 staff, aiming to increase production capacity from 2MW to at least 40MW by the beginning of 2008. Also, this January Global Solar announced plans to invest about €30m ( $39 m) to set up a production facility in Germany at the Berlin-Adlershof science and technology park. Production is scheduled to start in first-half 2008, and ramp up in two phases to a capacity of about 30MW.

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