The first copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film modules using centrotherm photovoltaics’ new turnkey production technology have rolled out at its unidentified customer in Taiwan. The company reiterated that it expects conversion efficiencies to reach 10% on the line by the end of 2010. The turnkey line now in ramp-up mode has a capacity of 30MW per annum. According to centrotherm, the modules being produced rank as the largest CIGS modules in mass production, with a surface area of 1.5 m2.
“Our strength, which consists of combining technology and process know-how, is also evident in our turnkey concept for CIGS modules,” noted Dr. Peter Fath, CTO of centrotherm photovoltaics. “It is distinguished by technically simple industrial process management, with which we enable our customers to achieve cost-efficient production along with competitive efficiencies.”
However, Dr. Fath was cautious on demand growth for thin film, due to the falling prices of c-Si modules.