From the origins to the present
Technology leader for almost 40 years
The Avancis Group is a German photovoltaic company that has operated internationally right from the start. The roots of our CIS technology go back to 1981. At that time, our predecessor company ARCO Solar in the USA had started researching alternatives to conventional silicon wafer solar cells.
We started the worlds first commercial CIS series production in 1998 in Camarillo, California. Since then we have industrialized CIS photovoltaics under the name AVANCIS. Some of our companions during this industrialization were big-name companies like Siemens, Shell Solar and Saint-Gobain. Since 2014, we have been part of the CNBM Group, one of the largest glass and building materials companies in the world with more than 300,000 people.
We cover the entire value chain, from semiconductors and modules to complete PV systems. As a result, we can offer customized solutions: ranging from open spaces and solar parks and roof systems to integrated building systems and aesthetic solar façades.