|Canadian Head Office |
ARISE Technologies Corporation
65 Northland Road
Canada N2V 1Y8
t: (519) 725-2244
f: (519) 725-8907
Toll free: 1-877-274-7383
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|PV Manufacturing Plant |
ARISE Technologies Deutschland GmbH
t: (49) 3594-7179-0
f: (49) 3594-7179-111
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ARISE Technologies is a proud to be an active member of CanSIA, OSEA and the United Way.
CanSIA's mission is to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the transition to a solar energy future world-wide.
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is a province-wide, member-based, non-profit organization. OSEA's mission is the serve the Community Power sector including households, farms FIrst Nations, Co-operatives and collaborative businesses, local distrivution companies, municipalities and others throuogh advocacy, public outreach and capcity building.
United Way Appeal
ARISE is an annual participant in the local United Way Appeal. All staff are encouraged to participate in the local United Way chapter to help local agencies build caring communities and respond to a broad range of human needs. In addition, ARISE makes a corporate donation to United Way each year.
ARISE Technologies Corporation, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is dedicated to becoming a leader in high-performance, cost-effective solar technology.
The company operates through three divisions.
- The PV Cell Division manufactures PV (photovoltaic) cells at its first manufacturing plant opened in April 2008 in Bischofswerda, Germany. The division is developing proprietary technology with a target of achieving a step-by-step progression to a high-efficiency level of greater than 20 percent.
- The PV Silicon Division is using a proprietary method to produce silicon at 7N+ high-purity (99.99999 percent purity) for PV cell applications, based on a simplified chemical vapor deposition process. The division is focusing on scaling up its process to provide ARISE with control over its supply, costs, and quality.
- The PV Systems Division provides complete turnkey PV solutions for solar farms and rooftop installations under the Ontario Standard Offer Program.
The company’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol APV and on the Frankfurt Open Market Exchange under the symbol A3T. Additional financial information is available at www.sedar.com.
- ARISE PV Cells
At our plant in Germany, ARISE Technologies manufactures multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. Located in Bischofswerda, Saxony, Germany, “ARISE Germany” opened in April 2008 and has been operating at full-scale production levels since July 2008.
Our customers are leading PV module manufacturers, and our state-of-the-art equipment, experienced staff, and expert production processes are some of the reasons behind our manufacturing success. ARISE PV cells are of the highest quality and must meet exacting standards/specifications for quality, reliability, safety and performance. In the next few years, ARISE intends to deploy proprietary technologies to enable the production of high-efficiency PV cells.
Why ARISE PV Cells?
ARISE PV multicrystalline and monocrystalline cells are of the highest quality, reflecting our manufacturing expertise, a direct result of our experienced team of professionals and the stringent processes to which we adhere. At ARISE our commitment to product excellence is evidenced by the strong customer and supplier relationships we enjoy. Our strong relationships continue to grow and produce mutual benefits as we continue to advance our manufacturing processes and drive toward higher cell efficiencies. Situated in the heart of the world’s solar hub, ARISE Germany is ideally located to work with industry leading customers and suppliers.
- ARISE Silicon
At ARISE Technologies, we believe that for solar electricity to become a mainstream technology it has to become a cost-effective option compared with conventional electricity sources.
The biggest issue facing the photovoltaic (PV) industry today is the shortage of affordable solar-grade silicon, also known as polysilicon feedstock. While manufacturing efficiencies continue to lower costs in all other parts of the value chain, supply constraints and the high price of polysilicon feedstock has resulted in dramatic cost increases for PV modules since 2003. Coupled with unprecedented demand levels, compounded annual growth rates for installed PV have exceeded 40% over the past 10 years. In early 2004,the PV industry experienced serious supply constraints for the first time in its history. Long-term polysilicon contract prices more than doubled from less than $40/kg, and spot prices spiked far higher. Since then, PV cell manufacturers have had to commit to long-term contracts supported by cash deposits in order to secure polysilicon supply.
To address this situation ARISE is developing a unique proprietary process that is expected to yield strategic advantages for the company. ARISE expects that its proprietary Silicon Refining Furnace (SiRF™) process will produce high-purity (7N+) polysilicon feedstock at costs that are significantly below those using the conventional Siemens process.
The Refining Process
Historically, the PV industry has relied upon ‘off-spec’(lower purity) silicon from the semiconductor industry. When produced according to specifications, Electronic Grade Silicon or EG-Si, is 99.99999999% pure (also referred to as 10 nines, or 10N). The removal of impurities is accomplished primarily using the Siemens Chemical Vapour Deposition process. The investment for a conventional Siemens facility is significant ($1B for a 10,000 tonne/year plant) and takes several years to get up to full operation.
In the past,‘off-spec’ material, which was in the range of 6-8N, was used for solar-grade polysilicon feedstock. However, the high demand for PV has effectively outstripped this supply in recent years and major producers are de-tuning their processes and expanding capacity to meet demand.
ARISE’s approach is to focus on developing a cost-effective proprietary process to produce 7N+material to complement the production of high-efficiency ARISE PV cells. We believe this will assure long-term success of ARISE in the PV marketplace.
ARISE Silicon Project Milestones
|2006 ||Demonstrated lab scale operation of the ARISE refining process. |
|2007 ||In partnership with Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC), embarked on $20 million three-year pilot plant project to scale up the process and demonstrate commercial viability. |
|2007-2008 ||Met 4 of the 6 project milestones including quantitative milestones for economics, scale and quality in mini-pilot plant. |
|Q4 2008 ||Construction of pilot plant in Kitchener, Ontario |
|2009 ||Completion of 3-year pilot plant project with sustained demonstration of successful operation. |
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Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a not-for-profit, arm's-length foundation created by the Government of Canada. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind, large-demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.
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The University of Waterloo has long been recognized as the most innovative university in Canada and is committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship in their faculties, colleges, and schools.
- ARISE Systems
Since its founding in 1996, ARISE has earned a reputation for being a premier provider of a complete range of turnkey solar PV energy solutions. Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, ARISE is focused on the design and installation of grid-tied PV solutions for buildings and solar farms throughout Ontario. Our dedicated staff of solar engineers and solar technicians provide expert design and consulting services for grid-tied applications throughout Ontario.
ARISE's engineers and technicians are available for consultation on solar energy projects. We work with residential, industrial,commercial and public sector clients to provide expertise in solar systems design and engineering, solar energy efficiency analysis, and energy opportunity assessments.
Learn more about Ontario's FIT Program
microFIT Projects - 10 kilowatts or less
| Waterloo Home - BIPV Roof || |
ARISE's professional engineers have extensive experience in the design and installation of residential systems and employ a systems design approach to ensure optimal energy output. ARISE has been involved in a number of important solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Ontario including Toronto’s largest solar neighbourhood, the West Initiative Solar Energy project (WISE).
- Click here to review photos of ARISE Residential installations
- Click here to download an ARISE Residential information package
FIT Projects - Over 10 kilowatts
Burlington Condominium – PV Solar Roof
The rooftops of many industrial/commercial buildings offer a tremendous opportunity to convert unused space into productive, energy-producing real estate. Surface-mounted or building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems on urban rooftops of buildings such as schools, offices, hotels and shopping malls allow owners to harvest solar energy and benefit from Ontario’s RESOP.
- See photos of ARISE Commercial installations
- Click here for a Commercial/Industrial information package
Monitor real-time energy data from ARISE’s 3.12kw tracker system
Download ARISE Systems brochure
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SOLON AG is one of the largest solar module manufacturers in Europe and a leading supplier of photovoltaic systems for large-scale solar power plants. For further information www.solon.com