MiaSole is claiming that its CIGS thin-film solar technology has reached 13% efficiency in volume production at its Silicon Valley facility. The company noted that this is a 30% improvement since the beginning of the year.
“The 13% production milestone is indicative of the ingenuity and diligence of our engineers as well as the enormous potential for CIGS thin-film solar as we continue to raise the bar,” said Robert DeLine, VP of marketing for MiaSole. “Finding the sweet spot between performance and cost will be the critical factor in driving widespread adoption.”
Earlier this month, Mississippi-based thin-film PV company Stion advised that the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory had verified its monolithically integrated CIGSSe modules with 14.1% conversion efficiency while Manz laid claim to its CIGS fab in Hamburg producing thin-film modules with an aperture efficiency of 15.1%, equivalent to 14% module efficiency.