ARMOR takes up a leading role at the inaugural International Solar Alliance summit in Delhi
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, alongside the French president and numerous other heads of state, ARMOR will be one of the 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 for winning the climate battle.
ASCA®, an industrial solution offering a rapid emergency response
Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is a vital imperative: 12,000 million tonnes of oil equivalent must be reduced to zero in less than 12,000 days! The challenge requires the allocation of significant resources. The designer and manufacturer of the ultra-thin and flexible photovoltaic film ASCA®, ARMOR, 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 €60m in renewables in order to design and produce its photovoltaic modules.”The member states of ISA are proposing to invest 1,000 billion dollars 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 €100m – a small sum given the stakes for the planet”, concludes the CEO of ARMOR.
A response tailored to the needs of countries with “high solar potential”
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. 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.
“Print big films for a small footprint”
The ASCA® film is the product of a low carbon process and is 100% recyclable: features 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, as we are talking about nothing less than the future of our planet.
Armor is the global market leader in the coating of Thermal Transfer ribbons for printing on packaging and barcode labels, the European market leader in the production of inkjet cartridges and France’s largest seller of remanufactured laser cartridges. This specialist in print consumables and coated films for the renewable energies market is proud to promote its business model focussing on innovation, industrial hi-tech expertise and the personal development of its employees. With total revenue of €256m in 2017, ARMOR spends €13m each year in France on R&D. Its 1,850 employees are distributed over 25 industrial and logistics sites on all five continents, of which 750 are based in France.