27 April 2010


MiaSolé agrees multi-year CIGS PV module deal with Phoenix Solar

To extend its product portfolio, photovoltaic system integrator Phoenix Solar AG of Sulzemoos near Munich, Germany has signed a framework agreement with MiaSolé of Santa Clara, CA, USA, which was founded in 2001 to make copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic modules.

As part of the agreement (which runs until 2013) Phoenix Solar has placed an order for an initial 4.5MWp of modules, for delivery in second-quarter 2010.

MiaSolé’s production process applies different layers of copper, indium, gallium and selenium on a metal foil substrate, which is divided into cell-like sections and laminated between two hardened glass plates. The frameless glass–glass module can be used for roofs as well as for ground-mounted systems, and can withstand high wind and snow loads. The production process also allows for almost all module shapes to be manufactured, increasing the potential for system cost savings, adds the firm.

In the laboratory, CIGS technology has already achieved the highest conversion efficiency of all commercial thin-film technologies. The efficiency of MiaSolé’s module is currently 10.5%, with higher-efficiency products to be shipped at the end of 2010.

The framework agreement also includes a recycling warranty, where required by regulation or financing. At the end of the modules' lifetime, the customer has the option of having them taken away by MiaSolé and recycled or reconditioned.

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