2 September 2010


Miasolé exceeds 14% efficiency with commercial-scale CIGS thin-film PV modules

MiaSolé of Santa Clara, CA, USA, which was founded in 2001 to make copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic panels, says that, according to the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), its large-area (1m2) production module has achieved the highest independently confirmed efficiency for any commercial-scale CIGS module technology (14.3%).

“We continue to make progress in the execution of our technology, cost reduction and manufacturing roadmaps,” comments CEO Dr Joseph Laia.

MiaSolé says that it now offers bank-financeable solar modules with efficiency comparable to polysilicon, combined with the lower manufacturing costs of thin-film modules.

The firm says that its unique manufacturing process deposits CIGS on a flexible stainless-steel substrate and produces all of the layers required for the solar cell in a single continuous process. MiaSolé is the only thin-film solar firm that uses sputtering processes at every step for coating the solar modules, reducing manufacturing time and cost of production, it is claimed.

MiaSolé’s products are designed for utilities and independent power producers to use in industrial-scale deployments such as large-scale rooftop and ground-mount installations. The firm operates two manufacturing facilities and shipped 6.5MW in first-half 2010, and will ship 22MW in full-year 2010, as it plans to open a third plant by year-end.

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