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AUO expands into European sola market and builds up local presence
Press release, June 7; Rodney Chan, DIGITIMES
Tuesday 7 June 2011

AU Optronics (AUO) has announced it will participate in Intersolar Europe 2011 in Munich from June 8-10 to showcase its carbon footprint PV module EcoDuo PM200P00, latest European-made products, and cutting-edge ACPV technology. With the help of its local partners, AUO actively expands into the European solar market and strengthens its presence in Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Czech, and UK with its image of reliability and sustainability.

"We have the world's highest efficiency solar value chain with SunPower and M.Setek and are pleased to have been selected as the primary module supplier for many power plants in Europe, to support our customers to secure energy from renewable resources." said James Chen, vice president of AUO Solar Business Group. "With a solar module plant in Czech, AUO is able to provide made-in-Europe products, on-time delivery and stable products to the European customers. We look forward to working with our European partners to offer clients high-value and reliable service."

AUO has recently announced its latest development of a 2MW ground-mounted project in Viglas, Central Slovakia, by adopting AUO's EcoDuo PM220P00 module. This PV product obtained the world's first PV module having passed PAS2050 carbon footprint verification by SGS and is a significant milestone in the PV industry. To further implement the green efforts, AUO has also joined PV Cycle Association to take a proactive role in developing effective PV module recycling programs and initiatives.

Aiming at high-end European market, AUO has developed its premium GreenTriplex PM250M00 PV module with an aesthetically pleasing all black appearance, three busbar cell design, and self-cleaning function. In addition, GreenTriplex is used in the AC photovoltaic technology (AC PV), where the integrated microinverter converters module's DC power to grid compliant AC power, enhancing system performance by up to 25% more than traditional PV systems. The AC PV has been designed to speed up the field installation process. Various features such as, install straight out-of-the-box, scalable cabling design, continuous grounding, have all been created to minimize the effort in designing and installing a PV system. Also, its output bus voltage is around one-third of the traditional PV system. This makes it very safe and reliable for residential users.

AUO has successfully participated in ground-mounted PV system and rooftop solar system projects in Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Czech, and United Kingdom by working closely with its partners. The Company is also aggressively expanding into Middle East and Asian solar market. AUO expects to create a greener life for people worldwide by providing innovative, high-efficiency and low-carbon PV solutions.

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