The Next Steps in the Development of DESERT®+ Technology

The future for solar energy is beautiful as countries all over the world are increasing their investment in eco-friendly energy sources. Solar panels were originally designed mostly for use in the moderate climates of the northern hemisphere but the regions of the world that enjoy the most hours of sunshine brings extreme stress, such as very high temperatures, sandstorms, high winds and snow.

DESERT® technology solar panels, developed by J. v. G. Thoma GmbH, already increase yields by up to 5% in countries such as Turkey, Brazil and Jordan, where climatic extremes often cause conventional photovoltaic panels to fail. After a feedin periode of 30 years DESERT® solar panels of J.v.G. Thoma GmbH and Jurawatt® Vertrieb GmbH brings an additional yield of another 30 percent minimum.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a leading German company with many years’ experience in the solar technology sector; now, with the help of the Fraunhofer Institute and the EU, the company is now developing DESERT®+ technology, taking the efficiency and durability of solar panels to the next level.

Typically, photovoltaic panels have a transparent glass front panel while the rear of the panel is covered with a plastic film. In DESERT®+ glass/glass panels, the rear film is replaced with 2mm glass, increasing yield and making the panel extremely durable and robust. The panels are designed to function in extremes of heat, humidity and cold and their frameless design not only reduces weight but also enables them to withstand snow and high winds, making them cost-effective and suitable for use in any region of the world. Because the efficiency of solar panels decreases at high temperatures, J. v. G. Thoma manufactures both cooled glass/film modules and cooled glass/glass modules, increasing yields by up to 25%.

Patent are already applied to the German patent office, for DESERT® glass, DESERT® ALU frame and others.

Up to now, solar panels have only been able to convert part of the spectrum of the sun’s rays into electricity: silicon semiconductors gather only infrared light while the longer wavelengths of the visible light remain unexploited. Now, using nano-technology, J. v. G. Thoma has developed a revolutionary nano-coating that is applied to the glass to gather more available rays. By scooping up all available energy, photovoltaic panels become far more efficient, giving increased yields by up to additional 7 %. The process has been demonstrated under laboratory conditions and successfully implemented.

With these exciting new developments in DESERT®+ technology, the future looks promising for J. v. G. Thoma, as more and more countries around the world harness the power of the sun to enable green energy – renewable.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: J. v. G. Thoma GmbH