Europe Environnement Wins a EUR10M+ Contract to Equip Europe's Largest Solar Panel Manufacturing PlantBy Europlasma, PRNE
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Major Reference in a Buoyant Sector
BORDEAUX, France, September 8, 2010 - Following the announcement made by Air Liquide on September 6th , the
Europe Environnement Group, a 51%-owned subsidiary of the Europlasma Group,
announced the signing of a contract worth over 10 million euros with Air
Liquide in connection with 3Sun building Europe's largest photovoltaic cell
and panel plant in Catania, Italy.
The Europe Environnement Group, through its American subsidiary AMPlast,
will be supplying Air Liquide with a gas treatment line designed to equip
3Sun's solar cell and panel production plant in Catania, Italy. This contract
will draw on the combined expertise of all the Europe Environnement Group's
units (gas oxidation, aeraulics, filtration, piping, scrubbers, engineering)
and include a complex development section. It will be spread over 10 months,
between September 2010 and July 2011.
3Sun is a solar cell and panel plant, with a production capacity of 160
MW forecast for the end of 2011, rising to 480MW by the end of 2015. 3Sun is
a joint-venture between the Japanese electronics firm Sharp, the Italian
energy firm Enel and the European semiconductor leader STMicroelectronics. In
time, 3Sun will be Sharp's largest plant outside of Japan.
The production of solar cells based on the thin-film technique developed
by Sharp involves the use of hazardous and toxic gases. These gases cannot be
released into the atmosphere and require specific treatment, covered under
this deal. The development of the gas section of the 3Sun plant has been
assigned to the Air Liquide group, which in turn selected AMPlast as its
subcontractor for the gas treatment line's design and onsite integration. The
scrubbers will be manufactured in Alsace, France, in Europe Environnement's
new plant which was inaugurated in 2009, and will form the visible part of
the facility on the roof of the 3Sun building.
This facility will be the new reference for the Group's gas treatment
capabilities, serving a buoyant new market and one of the world's
top-performing plants in this field. Talks are underway concerning other
projects of similar scale.
For Jean-Claude Rebischung, Chief Executive Officer of the Europe
Environnement Group, "This contract represents the first concrete
illustration of our change of stature in a complex business. The acquisitions
made over the past few years, the additional areas of expertise deployed and
the major investment made in Aspach are today enabling us to convince leading
groups such as Air Liquide. It also marks Europe Environnement's arrival on a
major new market: photovoltaics. Boosted by this reference, the Group is
currently in talks for other similar projects."
For Didier Pineau, Chief Executive Officer of the Europlasma Group, "This
success has been achieved thanks to the patient work accomplished with the
managers from the Europe Environnement Group and Naxicap Partners. We have
built an industrial tool by investing against the cycle in a new plant in
2009, assembled the expertise needed to carry out this type of project and
acquired companies with complementary know-how, such as AMCEC and AMPlast in
the US. I am delighted that we are seeing the first benefits of this strategy
as early as 2010."
Founded in 1992, Europlasma is a French group specialized in
clean technologies and renewable energy production. The Europlasma Group is
made up of four companies and 260 employees who are all firmly committed to
sustainable development and experts in waste processing and reclamation.
- Europlasma develops, produces and markets waste processing and energy production solutions based on its proprietary plasma torch technology. - Inertam is the global specialist for the destruction and reclamation of asbestos and hazardous waste. - CHO Power is a waste gasification power producer (EfW - Electricity from Waste). - Europe Environnement is the European market leader for ventilation and air depollution systems for industry.
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