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EU PVSEC News No 70

 
   
Today's feature: Tapping CIGS Thin Film Technology’s Huge Potential
Please note: The abstract submission deadline is 5 February 2016.
EU PVSEC 2016 Scientific Committee
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Today's feature: Tapping CIGS Thin Film Technology’s Huge Potential


A new White Paper on 'CIGS Thin Film Solar Cell Technology’ clearly shows: CIGS solar technology has huge market potential – even though its share is still very small compared to incumbent crystalline technology.


But impressive R&D progress has improved record CIGS cell efficiencies to 22.3% and for production-size modules to 16.5%. By 2019, even 25% cells are expected, while module efficiencies are supposed to exceed 18%, according to the White Paper’s authors. The White Paper has been written by a group of representatives from the leading global companies and institutes involved in CIGS R&D and manufacturing, including German research institutes “Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)” and “Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).



source: www.CIGS-PV.net


With CIGS production cost having reached $0.40 per W in today’s fabs, the authors of the White Paper project this cost level to go down to less than $0.25 per W once 500 to 1000 MW factories will manufacture modules with average efficiencies of 18%.



source: www.CIGS-PV.net


The authors, however, point out that “in longer term in combination with suitable wide bandgap absorbers, CIGS can be used as bottom cell in tandem devices that enable efficiency values well beyond 30%.” That would demonstrate that CIGS is not only competitive now, but “comprises a potential not yet exploited for further improvements.” To reach this level, there’s still a lot of research work to be done.


The EU PVSEC 2016, which will this year take place in Munich from 20 to 24 June, has always been a strong platform for thin-film R&D. And we are inviting everyone working on interesting CIGS projects to submit her/his abstract for the conference, sharing the latest results to support tapping CIGS technology’s huge potential.


Please note: The abstract submission deadline is 5 February 2016.


The programme in 2016 covers the full PV value chain, with a focus on the most recent scientific and technological developments. Be part of this leading international PV Conference and present your latest results to specialists and decision-makers from around the globe. Please note the abstract submission deadline of 5 February 2016!




EU PVSEC 2016 Scientific Committee


Your Conference Programme is compiled by members of the photovoltaic professional world.


Following submission, your abstract will be reviewed by the international EU PVSEC Scientific Committee. This distinguished group is made up of 181 leading experts (paper reviewers and topic organisers) from institutional and industrial research organisations, based in 30 countries.



To guarantee scientific quality of the Conference Programme, each abstract will be scored by three independent reviewers, before the topic organisers select the plenary, oral and visual presentations.


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