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AVANCIS – MANUFACTURER OF INNOVATIVE CIS SOLAR MODULES

Pioneering technology, premium quality and reliability – these are the special challenges that, for us, are inseparable from photovoltaics. AVANCIS has risen to all these challenges – with lasting success in the development and production of cutting-edge CIS solar modules; with ground-breaking achievements that set us apart as the avant-garde of photovoltaics; and with products and services that share the sun's most important feature: continuity.
 
 
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CIS SOLAR MODULES: THE NEXT GENERATION OF PHOTOVOLTAICS
AVANCIS is committed to manufacturing premium-class solar modules. This means optimising the manufacturing process in terms of quality and costs, refining the details of the already very elegant design, and raising the durability and yield stability of the whole photovoltaic system to a high level. We are continually developing our PowerMax® product range based on CIS solar technology and can therefore offer our customers outstanding quality combined with exceptional returns.
 
POWERMAX®
 
THE PREMIUM-CLASS SOLAR MODULE
At the heart of every photovoltaic system is the solar module. Its performance and long-term stability are crucial for a good yield. With the PowerMax® CIS module from AVANCIS, it's win-win all the way: PowerMax® offers efficiency comparable to multi-crystalline silicon solar modules, but with half the energy payback time and optimum power yield (kWh/kWp). The high-quality design makes any roof look good – why not see for yourself?


POWERMAX SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE
 
External dimensions  
including mounting lips 1595 x 684 mm
excluding mounting lips 1595 x 672 mm
Thickness 45 mm
Weight 19.6 kg
Junction box type MC (IP65)
Performance classes 110/115/120/125/130/135 W
Aperture efficiency up to 13.7%*
 
THE ADVANTAGES AT A GLANCE
Choosing AVANCIS PowerMax® solar modules means not settling for compromises. It means deliberately opting for advanced CIS technology that combines cost-effectiveness and efficiency with sophisticated design and aesthetics. Our outstanding CIS photovoltaic systems are accompanied by convenient service: PowerMax® solar modules are easy to install, low-maintenance and available from a wide range of dealers and installers.
 
HIGHEST YIELDS
PowerMax® comes top for cost-effectiveness and earnings
Highest efficiency of all the thin-film technologies, very good performance in low light conditions and the broadest spectral response.
HIGHEST SNOW LOAD
PowerMax® solar modules withstand extreme weather
Snow loads of 551 k/m², such as those found in high snow load zones, present no problem for PV systems with PowerMax® solar modules.
 
SUPERLATIVE QUALITY
High-quality PowerMax® modules with certified production
Certified quality at each stage of production and rigorously tested product criteria ensure the stable performance and resilience of our solar modules.
MAXIMUM OUTPUT
PowerMax® modules with efficient CIS technology
PowerMax® offers performance-optimised module design with outstanding module partial shadowing performance; a bypass diode allows the solar current to continue flowing even in shade.
 
EASY INSTALLATION
Intelligent mounting attachments and connectors make life easy
You only need four screws to mount a PowerMax® solar module for your photovoltaic system. The junction boxes also come ready fitted with cables and MC4 connectors.
ELEGANT DESIGN
CIS photovoltaics – looks great on the roof
With their attractively shaped aluminium frame, hidden mounting clamps and wafer-thin CIS coating with jet black pinstriped appearance, PowerMax® solar modules simply look great.
 
APPLICATION EXAMPLES: PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART CIS SOLAR MODULES
On paper, our many years of experience in research, development and production would fill many volumes. Our CIS solar modules have been developed so that they can be used universally – from large PV systems to rooftop solar systems for private homes. But the best thing to do would be to take a look for yourself at some examples of our projects in diverse application areas.
 
ROOFTOP SOLAR SYSTEMS FOR PRIVATE HOUSES
Solar systems with CIS technology provide excellent yields on the roofs of private homes and look attractive too. Take a look for yourself:
PV SYSTEMS FOR BUSINESS/AGRICULTURE
From warehouses and industrial sites to barns or office buildings, attractive earnings can be made from large roof areas to supplement day-to-day business.
BUILDING-INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
Building-integrated photovoltaic systems, such as solar faēades or solar roofs, are attractive architectural elements that generate sustainable power and therefore yield high returns.
SOLAR POWER PLANTS/SOLAR PARKS
Generating solar power across a large area also means using this area as efficiently as possible. Solar power plants with CIS photovoltaic modules yield high returns with optimised costs.
 
HIGH-PERFORMANCE, STYLISH PV SYSTEMS: BUYING POWERMAX® CIS SOLAR MODULES
Are you a private customer, business customer, wholesaler or installer impressed by our PowerMax® modules who would like to buy them or include them in your portfolio? If so, please use these pages to tell us your exact requirements – we'll then be in touch very shortly.
 
FOR PRIVATE CUSTOMERS
 
High-quality solar modules for your home.
Are you interested in installing a photovoltaic system with CIS modules on the roof of your house? Find out more here.
FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS
 
High-return solar modules for your company.
Do you want to put the roofs of your commercial or agricultural premises to good use by installing photovoltaic modules with CIS technology on them so that you can generate attractive returns? Then you've come to the right place.
FOR INSTALLATION ENGINEERS
Add our CIS solar modules to your portfolio.
Are you an installer of photovoltaic systems and interested in AVANCIS CIS solar modules? Here you will find an explanation of how to make a purchase and how to use our comprehensive service.
FOR WHOLESALERS AND PROJECT DEVELOPERS
Become our partner.
Do you sell large numbers of photovoltaic modules and want to add our CIS modules to your portfolio? Are you planning a large-scale project where you would like to integrate a state-of-the-art photovoltaic system? You can contact us here.
 
Cost-effectiveness calculation
EXTREMELY COST-EFFECTIVE WITH HIGH RETURN: PHOTOVOLTAICS WITH POWERMAX® SOLAR MODULES
Investing in an AVANCIS photovoltaic system with CIS solar modules is a smart move on two levels: not only will you be investing in a genuine high-quality product with a long performance warranty, but you will also be acquiring a capital asset supported by government assistance schemes under the German Act Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources (EEG), which will produce CO2-neutral solar power on a long-term basis.
 
COST-EFFECTIVENESS CALCULATION FOR A CIS PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM
A photovoltaic system featuring PowerMax® modules not only facilitates the long-term protection of valuable resources, it also pays for itself in a very short space of time – practically at the speed of light. Our sample calculation shows just how profitable a photovoltaic system really is, not to mention how it can be within everyone's financial reach. Thanks to government assistance schemes you can even fund your PV system without spending a penny of your own money. The example below assumes that your own capital contribution will be 10 per cent – this investment pays for itself within 12 months of the system being put into operation.
 
CIS technology
CIS PHOTOVOLTAICS: EFFICIENT SOLAR ENERGY
The main feature of CIS technology is its wafer-thin semiconductor layer. The layer thickness of the CIS solar cells is around one hundredth of that applied to crystalline silicon solar cells. Just 2 µm is all it takes to capture the sunlight very efficiently and convert it into sustainable electrical power. CIS, which is synonymous with CIGS, stands for the constituents copper (Cu), indium (In), gallium (Ga) and selenium (Se).
 
CIS PHOTOVOLTAICS
 
CIS – CLEAN, EFFICIENT THIN-FILM PHOTOVOLTAICS
One of the key challenges we face today is to use renewable energy sustainably. As one of the most recent photovoltaic technologies, CIS/CIGS offers huge potential for the future. With a wafer-thin coating layer just 2 µm thick, this technology saves valuable resources and requires much less energy to produce than other solar cells.
CIS technology performs outstandingly even in bad weather

CIS technology, also abbreviated as CIGS, combines high performance and good looks in an innovative solar module. A distinctive feature of CIS modules is their outstanding performance in low light conditions, thanks to the fact that CIS has the highest spectral response of all photovoltaic technologies. In other words, as well as performing extremely well in bright sunlight, CIS modules really come into their own under those cloudy skies we are all too familiar with in Central Europe. The semiconductor layer made from copper (Cu), indium (In), selenium (Se), gallium (Ga) and sulphur (S) uses the broadest light spectrum of all solar technologies. This enables high yields even under diffused light conditions.
 
ADVANTAGES OF CIS TECHNOLOGY
CIS photovoltaics offers high yields even in low light conditions, is economical on resources thanks to thin-film technology and has an excellent energy balance.
 
GOOD YIELDS
Even in low light conditions and shade

The efficiency of CIS solar modules in low light conditions is only slightly lower than in bright sunshine. The response to shade is also excellent.
 
SOLAR MODULES PRODUCED IN ONE PIECE
Innovative CIS coating in the inline process

CIS solar modules are manufactured on a single production line, from the glass to the module stage. This ensures quality, saves on cost, energy and materials, and produces durable solar cells with particularly low defect rates.
 
ECONOMICAL THIN-FILM TECHNOLOGY
Efficient photovoltaics with 2 µm semiconductor layer

Thin-film means economical use of materials and less complexity in the manufacturing process. CIS technology therefore already offers unrivalled efficiency with comparable performance.
 
CIS CONSERVES THE ENVIRONMENT
Sustainable photovoltaics with CIS thin-film modules

Streamlined processes and minimal use of materials, effective energy saving: CIS photovoltaics is particularly economical with resources and actively helps protect the environment from the outset.
 
RELIABLE, HIGH RETURNS
Outstanding efficiency through optimum power yield

Excellent performance in low light conditions, energy-saving manufacture, high efficiency: CIS solar systems offer an unrivalled energy balance with an energy payback time of just 13 months .
 
CIS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
 
SYSTEMATIC FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE, SUSTAINABLE SOLAR MODULES WITH CIS TECHNOLOGY
We have been carrying out successful, pioneering research into CIS technology since 1981. We were the first to start series production of CIS modules in Camarillo, California, and have since then broken numerous world records for efficiency. We hold many patents and have received countless awards for innovation. Furthermore, our pilot line in Munich is continuously enhancing the efficiency and environmental performance of our CIS solar modules.
These successes are what lies behind our claim to be the "avant-garde of photovoltaics", a claim which is based not only on maintaining our technological leadership, but also on providing people with a sophisticated, premium-quality and extremely cost-effective product – a photovoltaic system that is highly impressive in terms of both performance and design.

ONLY THE BEST SOLAR TECHNOLOGY IS GOOD ENOUGH
 
MANUFACTURE OF CIS SOLAR MODULES
 
PREMIUM QUALITY AND STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY: MANUFACTURE OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE CIS SOLAR MODULES
A major advantage of the manufacturing process for CIS technology is the fact that it uses the minimum of production stages and much less material and energy. A single, end-to-end inline production process considerably reduces complexity compared to crystalline silicon solar cells: from the delivery of the substrate to the packaging of the module, AVANCIS takes less than 30 steps.
Many years of know-how lie behind this process, know-how which will continue to make the manufacture of CIS solar modules even more efficient and cost-effective in years to come through plant-oriented research.

Absolute precision for premium-class photovoltaic modules
 
PERFORMANCE RECORDS OF CIS SOLAR MODULES
 
AHEAD OF ITS TIME: CIS SOLAR MODULES FROM AVANCIS FEATURE WORLD-RECORD-BREAKING EFFICIENCY
As a pioneer in CIS photovoltaics, we are working continuously on improving CIS technology. With our own pilot line, motivated research department and commitment to being the best, we are developing the next generation of extremely high-performance solar modules in our laboratory. It is vitally important to us that these modules perform outstandingly not just in the lab, but also in practice.

Performance records of AVANCIS solar modules
2011 - 15.8 % EFFICIENCY RECORD OF CIS SOLAR MODULE
World record performance: A 300 x 300 mm² CIS module from AVANCIS achieves an aperture efficiency of 15.8 %; externally confirmed by TÜV Rhineland.
         

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