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Mar 8th, 2012
First Solar jointly with other CdTe players founded a new trade organization to promote their business
PVthin is an international, not-for-profit coalition representing global leaders in the Thin-Film Solar Industry that manufacture and market products based on chalcogenide compounds.
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  • This association has for objective to improve the market position of compound thin films against the strengthening position of crystalline silicon.

Although this term cover both CdTe and CIGS PV materials, the founding members are CdTe players: Abound Solar, Arendi, Calyxo, First Solar, GE Energy and 5N Plus.

Its objective is to strengthen global energy security and help create sustainable energy infrastructures by promoting the social, economic and environmental benefits of thin-film solar photovoltaic technologies.

The activities of the coalition currently focus on:

  • Communicating the specific benefits of increased deployment of thin-film PV for energy security and climate change mitigation
  • Promoting policies that reward thin-film PV companies for investments in sustainable business practices such as resource efficiency and the most advanced, closed-loop recycling schemes, sharing and promoting best practices in environment, health and safety management

PVthin aims to strongly promote efficient and energy-saving production, raw material use and state-of-the-art PV recycling and recovery programs and technologies, and to cooperate with associations and industries supporting this objective.

PVthin is registered as a non-profit international association under Belgian law.



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