Profile: Centrosolar Glas is a medium-sized company with a long tradition and expertise in glass processing. Since 2005 CSG is an independent member of the listed Centrosolar Group AG. Centrosolar Glas concentrates on implementation of low-iron special glass for applications in solar technology, in the field of architecture and greenhouse and lighting technology. Furthermore Centrosolar Glas is further developing as market leader anti-reflective glasses for photovoltaic and solar thermal applications and is as well among the world's leading suppliers of solar glasses. The production site and headquarter is located in Fuerth, Germany. Top state-of-the-art production lines for the finishing of glass are installed with an annual production capacity of 6 million square meters. This also includes a nanotechnology coating center carried out under exacting clean room conditions as well as a dedicated material and prototype development laboratory.
Expertise: Centrosolar Glas has extensive experience in realisation of funding projects with external partners. As an example within the scope of the funding project „HiT“ a process for the manufacture of antireflective glass for solar applications on the base of nanoscale porous SiO2 layers was developed. Meanwhile this technological process is the essential basis of the Centrosolar Glas business model. In further funding projects new-generation glazing systems for architectural and greenhouse applications as well as new coating technologies for nanocoatings were developed and put into practice.
Key project tasks: CSG is task leader of WP 2:Added functionality for solar energy harvesting. CS will contribute its expertise on AR coatings to the development of LDC coatings and to integration of differently coated glass panes into laminate glazing. Based on the experience of developing new products CS will bring into the consortium its expertise on establishing know-how and protecting it by IPR. CSG is planning to expand its future product portfolio towards development of novel architectural glazing systems. CSG will support the consortium in defining economical and technical requirements for new products and conditions for their ramp-up: year one 100 m², year two 1,000 m², year three 10,000 m², year four 100,000 m² CSG will use its network for dissemination of project results to participants of large technical fairs, like e.g., “fensterbau/frontale”, “Bau Munich”, “Rosenheimer Fenstertage”, ift Rosenheim.
Thomas Sontheimer (Senior R&D Manager) studied material science with a focus on inorganic, non-metallic materials. He has 10 years of comprehensive experience in the field of product and process development and their subsequent transfer to industrial application.
Mark Mirza (Senior Chemical Laboratory Technician), application and measurement technology expert with more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in the field of measuring tasks, product development and commissioning.