centrotherm subsidiary receives major order for CIGS thin film systems


According to the company, the systems will be shipped next year, and will form a central component of a CIGS thin film solar cell production system with an annual capacity of 20 megawatts (MW).

Although the exact worth of the order is unknown, the company did say that it is worth a double-digit amount in millions of euros.

It was also announced that Solarion is planning to expand production to 180 MW at the Leipzig site, together with strategic investor Walsin Lihwa Corporation from Taiwan.??

"CIGS technology provides the highest efficiency potential in the photovoltaic thin film area,” commented Dr. Peter Fath, CTO of centrotherm photovoltaics AG. He goes on to explain that the roll-to-roll process, where a plastic foil runs over a tape drive with several rolls, and is coated, also offers further advantages. "These flexible, light and unbreakable cells are also particularly suited to large industrial roofs, and applications such as the textile, automotive and aerospace industries." ??

Dr. Reinhard Fendler, managing director of FHR Anlagenbau GmbH added: "The tremendous success of our many years of cooperation is reflected in the fact that, with the fourth generation of these foil coating systems, we are now taking the step into the mass production of flexible CIGS solar cells.”??