12 April 2010


Taiwan government forms CIGS industry alliance

On 6 April 2010, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced the formation of the Taiwan CIGS Industry Alliance in an attempt to promote the development of CIGS (copper indium gallium diselenide) thin-film PV modules in Taiwan, reports Digitimes.

The targets are to achieve an energy conversion efficiency, yield rate and average production cost of, respectively, 10%, 75% and US$1 per Watt by 2011; then 12%, 80% and US$0.8/Watt by 2013; and 15%, 85% and US$0.6/Watt by 2015.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and AU Optronics (AUO), plus a number of suppliers of CIGS materials and equipment as well as module makers, have joined the alliance.

The Taiwan CIGS Industry Alliance is intended to be a platform for sharing information and cooperation to facilitate the integration of resources and technological capabilities.

A roadmap has been drawn up to develop key materials and equipment in a first phase from July 2010 to the end of 2011, then to integrate them to offer turnkey production lines in a second phase by the end of 2012, according to MOEA.

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