China Nuvo, PMI Pursue Thin-Film CIGS Solar Process

China Nuvo Solar Energy Inc. says it will be developing a low-cost solar cell based on thin-film copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) technology with its collaboration partner, Pioneer Materials Inc. (PMI), at its pilot production facility in Chengdu, China.

The company believes that thin-film CIGS represents second-generation solar technology when compared to traditional polysilicon manufacturing technology. When compared to polysilicon, the company believes CIGS provides significantly reduced wafer thicknesses with a significant increase in per-kilogram wattage production.

The initial project focus is to develop a single-junction solar cell with commercial efficiency utilizing materials provided by PMI and incorporated into the China Nuvo's ceramic sleeve solar technology. The company believes this will provide the baseline for development of a multi-stacked solar cell that could provide an even higher degree of efficiency.

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