Energy Conversion Devices Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich., a global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminates, and CertainTeed Corporation of Valley Forge, Pa., a building products manufacturer, announced a joint agreement to develop roofing-integrated photovoltaic products for the residential market, combining ECD’s UNI-SOLAR cells with CertainTeed roofing products.

Energy Conversion Devices Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich., a global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminates, and CertainTeed Corporation of Valley Forge, Pa., a building products manufacturer, announced a joint agreement to develop roofing-integrated photovoltaic products for the residential market, combining ECD’s UNI-SOLAR cells with CertainTeed roofing products. The companies expect these new products to be commercially available beginning in 2010.

Mark Morelli, ECD’s President and CEO, said the agreement is a significant expansion into a new market for ECD.

“CertainTeed is clearly an industry leader in building materials and has a broad product offering that can take advantage of the unique characteristics of our flexible, lightweight and reliable UNI-SOLAR cells,” he said.

Guillaume Texier, President of CertainTeed Roofing, said he is pleased to be working with ECD to develop solar roofing products for residential roofing applications.

“The lightweight and flexible design of the UNI-SOLAR solar cells makes them ideal for integrating directly into our roofing products and will help us create aesthetically pleasing solar solutions that blend seamlessly into the homeowner’s architecture, while generating clean, renewable energy,” he said.

“This agreement reinforces our commitment to developing sustainable building products, which is in line with our parent company Saint-Gobain’s strategy to provide innovative solutions for the construction markets”

Energy Conversion Devices Inc. is a leader in building integrated and commercial rooftop photovoltaics, one of the fastest growing segments of the solar power industry. The company manufactures and sells thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary technology.

CertainTeed, meanwhile, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Company, the firm made its slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” which quickly inspired the name CertainTeed.

For more information, call Mark Trinske of Energy Conversion Devices at 248-299-6063 or mtrinske@uni-solar, or contact Michael B. Loughery of CertainTeed at 610-341 7328 or mike.b.loughery@saint-gobain.