Kuwait to test crystalline and CIGS modules side-by-side


Thin film providers have long claimed that the technology’s advantageous temperature co-efficient delivers more kWh production, when compared to crystalline silicon (c-Si) per kWp. This will now be tested at scale in a desert environment at the Kuwait Shagaya Renewable Energy Project.

The project will place 5 MW of CIGS modules alongside 5 MW of c-Si, along with a 50 MW concentrating solar power plant.

Japanese CIGS manufacturer Solar Frontier, which describes its technology as CIS, announced today that it has been selected to supply 5 MW of modules for the project Engineering company TSK is managing the project.

Solar Frontier will ship the modules this month, with the utility scale test facility set to open in June 2016. TSK is managing the construction with the project being managed by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).

“CIS modules are particularly well-suited for tough conditions such as in the desert in Kuwait,” said Wolfgang Lange, Solar Frontier’s Managing Director Europe. “With the engineering expertise of TSK, we look forward to further demonstrating the performance and quality advantages of our CIS technology outside of the lab and in real-world environments.”

Solar Frontier says that the project will make Kuwait the 50th country to which it has supplied its modules. While the CIGS producer and project developer has been busy supplying the Japanese market’s long boom, it is actively involved in internationalizing its business, including continue to examine production in the U.S.