Air Liquide has won a 10-year contract to supply newly founded German solar panel manufacturer Sunfilm AG with industrial and specialty gases, including nitrogen, hydrogen and helium.

The French industrial gases giant will supply gases and services to Sunfilm AG’s first major thin-film solar plant currently being constructed in Grossrohrsdof, Germany.

The contract, for which financial terms were not disclosed, comes under Air Liquide’s ALUX turnkey specialty gas solutions for the solar industry that includes the supply and management of provision of nitrogen, hydrogen, silane, NF3 (nitrogen trifluoride) and helium.

Francois Darchis, senior vice president in charge of World Business Line Industrial Merchant in Air Liquide, commented, “Our recent successes in Germany, but also in the rest of Europe, the US, and in Asia, illustrate the relevance of our ALUX offer, dedicated to the solar industry. The Group’s innovation capabilities allow us to meet the needs of customers using new technologies and to benefit from the booming growth of the solar industry.”

As part of the newly announced contract, Air Liquide will construct a nitrogen on-site production unit and all the facilities required to manage bulk specialty gases containers directly on the site.

Sunfilm is owned by Norsun AG and Good Energies, a business belonging to the Dutch COFRA Group, and it is claimed the company will be the first to manufacture 5.7m2 tandem thin film photovoltaic modules on glass substrates.