March 9, 2018
The French remanufacturer has explained that it will assume a key role at the forthcoming inaugural International Solar Alliance summit, to be held in Delhi on 11 March 2018.
Three months after the One Planet Summit, the inaugural International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit, launched by India and France during COP21, provides a tangible response to the concerns expressed by Emmanuel Macron in very direct terms:
“We are in the process of losing the climate battle.”
On Sunday 11 March 2018, alongside the French president and numerous other heads of state, ARMOR has announced that the company “will be one of a handful of French companies present in Delhi to take up the challenge set by the ISA of placing solar energy within everyone’s reach.”
Hubert de Boisredon, Chairman & CEO of ARMOR, will be promoting the benefits of the company’s photovoltaic innovation, ASCA©: a disruptive technology designed for “winning the climate battle”, according to ARMOR.
Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is described by the company as “a vital imperative”, with ARMOR explaining that the equivalent of 12,000 million tonnes of oil “must be reduced to zero in less than 12,000 days!”
This weighty challenge requires the allocation of significant resources. As the designer and manufacturer of the ultra-thin and flexible photovoltaic film ASCA©, ARMOR states that it already has fully operational facilities able to produce 1 million m2, supported by “the industrial know-how to deploy its solution on the large scale.”
“We are ready for a genuine Marshall Plan in the solar field!”, states Hubert de Boisredon. The company has already invested €60 million ($73.7 million) in renewables in order to design and produce its photovoltaic modules.”
“The member states of ISA are proposing to invest $1 trillion (€813.3 billion) in solar energy by 2030. ARMOR’s contribution would be to create a world-leading French sector in the field of organic photovoltaic films. This would be possible with a public-private co-investment of €100 million ($122.9 million) – a small sum given the stakes for the planet”, concludes the CEO of ARMOR.
The 121 countries concerned by the Solar Alliance, all located between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, are mostly developing economies. They require low cost energy solutions adapted to local contexts and, if possible, which are independent from the distribution monopolies of the large local or national energy companies.
The company states:
“Multiple pilot projects conducted by ARMOR in Africa and the Middle East have already confirmed the ability of the company’s solar products to meet these requirements. In Africa and Palestine, ARMOR has established a partnership with Electriciens Sans Frontières to provide schoolchildren with kits combining a low-consumption lamp with an ultra-resistant solar charger, incorporating the ASCA© film. It is a project that supports both education and social life within the community, which ARMOR is in the process of testing in different forms in Mali and Niger, in partnership with Orange Labs.”
The ASCA© film is the product of a low carbon process and is 100 percent recyclable: features which the company surmises are “likely to attract the attention of participants at the International Solar Alliance summit.”
It is the objective of ARMOR to reduce the environmental footprint of its industrial production down to an absolute minimum, “in the interests of society as a whole”.
“We print big films for a small footprint”, summarises Hubert de Boisredon, who also stresses the absence of silicon and rare metals during the production of the films, in addition to an energy payback time 2 or 3 times faster than with traditional panels.
The challenge is significant in the current climate context, ARMOR states, “as we are talking about nothing less than the future of our planet.”
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