CIGS Thin-Film Solar Module Nears 19 Percent Efficiency

CIGS Thin-Film Solar Module Nears 19 Percent Efficiency

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

“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.

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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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