17 February 2021
Midsummer ships first DUO system to Russia
Midsummer AB of Järfälla, near Stockholm, Sweden – a provider of turnkey production lines as well as flexible, lightweight copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar panels for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) – says that, in the first week of February, it shipped the first DUO machine for the Russian market. This is the first flexible CIGS solar cell manufacturing system delivered under the Midsummer-Rusnano framework agreement, signed in September 2019.
Under the agreement, the Moscow-based Russian government-owned technology firm Rusnano Group aims to use Midsummer’s technology to promote and develop the manufacturing of lightweight flexible CIGS PV cells and modules to set up production and end-user product development in Russia and in other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan). Midsummer will also source panels for worldwide distribution of panels manufactured in Russia and the region.
“The corona pandemic has made it impossible to travel to Sweden from the countries and regions where our machine customers are located,” says Midsummer’s CEO Sven Lindström. “This has caused difficulties for us to make acceptance tests and install our already sold DUO machines,” he adds. “Thanks to a new procedure that makes it possible to make final approvals through video link instead of on location in Järfälla, we have now been able to perform the acceptance test and ship the machine to Russia.”
The DUO machine will be installed in a factory in Saransk (about 630km east of Moscow), to be run by the Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Center of the Republic of Mordovia and their partner Solartek, which promotes solutions for integrated solar roofs.