CIGS Thin-Film Solar Module Nears 19 Percent Efficiency

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MiaSolé says the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has independently confirmed an 18.64% aperture area conversion efficiency rate on one of its commercial-size flexible PV modules (aperture area 1.08 m2). The cells and module were made using MiaSolé production equipment in Santa Clara, Calif.

“This latest achievement in the flexible thin-film solar module performance is a testament to MiaSole’s advantages of performing research and development at the manufacturing scale,” says Dr. Atiye Bayman, CTO of MiaSolé. “Rapid improvements in process development can be realized showing the extendibility of our Roll Coater technology for our customers.”

“After 15 years of dedicated research and development in the Silicon Valley, MiaSolé is proud to enable the flexible thin-film solar module production at the highest efficiency level of the polycrystalline silicon solar modules produced by the Tier-1 manufacturers today. Our flexible solar solution is creating new and compelling opportunities for our customers, especially in the BIPV, electric car, safety and security markets that were previously unable to realize the full potential of solar energy,” adds Dr. Jie Zhang, CEO of MiaSolé.

MiaSolé, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hanergy, is a provider of flexible CIGS thin-film solar technology. The company’s proprietary turnkey thin-film solar equipment lines, CIGS process technologies, CIG sputtering target technologies, advanced automation and spare parts services provide customers everything they need to produce their own high-efficiency solar products.

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