March 19, 2008 05:00 ET

Linde signs supply contract and joint development programme with solar cell producer Malibu

MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) -

Munich, 19 March 2008 - Linde Nippon Sanso (LNS), a company of The Linde Group, has signed an exclusive contract with Malibu GmbH & Co. KG in Bielefeld, Germany, to supply all of the gases needed to make photovoltaic modules. The long term contract comprises over-the-fence supply of nitrogen (N2), hydrogen (H2), silane (SiH4), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), argon (Ar), and helium (He). The turnkey installation includes a complete gas distribution network and gas leak detection system. LNS will also provide on-site gas and chemical management services.

Additionally, Linde and Malibu have entered into a Joint Development Programme for the development of advanced gas technology to improve cell efficiency, throughput and yield. Malibu is a joint venture between energy service provider E.ON and Schüco, a major worldwide provider of building envelope systems.

"This contract shall prove to be strategically invaluable for Linde's fast growing Photovoltaic business", said Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "The joint development programme will allow us to further develop our gas technology and to contribute to reducing the cost per watt in solar cell production", added Andreas Günther, president of Linde Nippon Sanso.

Using the innovative thin-film technology, Malibu will initially construct a 40 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic module production line in Osterweddingen, Germany, incorporating multi-layer cell technology for increased efficiency. As the plant is scheduled to increase in size, Linde will add N2, H2 and fluorine (F2) on-site plants.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with around 50,000 employees working in about 100 countries and achieved sales in the 2007 financial year of EUR 12.3 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.

For more information, see The Linde Group web site at www.

For additional information:

The Linde Group
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Linde Nippon Sanso
Andreas Weisheit
Business Development Manager Solar
Telephone: +49.89.7446-2162

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