Independent research group Chemitox Inc. tested modules produced on this client’s production line, based in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The modules tested were produced under normal conditions with a CIGS layer less than 1 micron thick.
Back in May 2016, Midsummer announced that they had received orders for their DUO flexible substrate CIGS production tool from the unnamed Asian client.
“I am happy to announce that our solar modules have increased conversion effiiency to 14%. The DUO system is now the most widely spread manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells,” said Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström. “Lightweight flexible modules are the future of solar energy, since they can be fitted on to buildings, vehicles etc.”
Asian companies are moving into the CIGS manufacturing space, as they look to stay at the forefront of technological developments in PV. Earlier this week, Shenhua Group and Shanghai Electric placed a massive tool order, and announced a further collaboration with German tool maker Manz.