Midsummer, developers and suppliers of thin-film building-integrated solar solutions, celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art solar energy technology research and development facility together with a new production line for building-integrated solar roofs in Järfälla, Sweden on October 16. Sweden’s first astronaut, Prof. Christer Fuglesang formally inaugurated the new facility in the presence of solar energy industry leaders, media, clients and partners.
“I find Midsummer´s technology very exciting,” said Christer Fuglesang, astronaut and Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. “Solar energy is an important technology and during my stay at the ISS space station, we were of course completely powered by the sun. It is good to have one of the best and most advanced research facilities based in Sweden and I am honored to inaugurate it.”
To maintain its global technological advantage, Midsummer has now invested in a brand new research and development facility in Järfälla just north of Stockholm, Sweden. That means, among other things, a 1,000 sqm (10,800 sq ft) expansion of the company’s factory and head office with more than 100 employees. The new facility will also house a new production line for energy-producing standing seam metal roofs for the Nordic consumer market. The new Midsummer solar roof brand has been met with great interest from the markets since its recent launch.
”At our new research and development facility, the future of 100% environmentally friendly renewable energy technology will be developed,” said Sven Lindström, CEO of Midsummer. “It will be one of the world's leading laboratories, perhaps the foremost, for research and development of production-friendly CIGS technologies and building-integrated photovoltaics”.
*Christer Fuglesang, is a Swedish physicist and astronaut, the first Swedish citizen in space. Fuglesang earned a master’s degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm in 1981 and received a doctorate in experimental particle physics from the University of Stockholm in 1987. In May 1992 he was selected for the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) astronaut corps and began training at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany, at the Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia and was later selected by NASA for mission specialist training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Fuglesang flew on his first space mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in December 2006. During his 13-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS), Fuglesang conducted two scheduled spacewalks spending more than 18 hours combined on spacewalks.
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