International Solar Electric Technology (ISET) has initiated pilot manufacturing operations for its thin-film CIGS solar modules. The operation is set to certify the company’s printing technology for the eventual expansion into volume production.
Vijay Kapur (pictured), ISET’s CEO and president, stated, “We feel confident that by demonstrating high quality and performance through this intermediate step, we have significantly reduced the possibility for costly delays in implementing our capacity ramp. We have also identified valuable methods of improving performance, yield, throughput, and materials utilization.”
The pilot line, located in Chatsworth in the Los Angeles area, manufactures monolithically integrated CIGS modules on glass substrates with an area of 1ft2. During the latest production runs, ISET states that it accomplished 11% cell average conversion efficiency, with R&D teams producing laboratory devices with over 14% efficiency. Kapur noted that research efforts were “on track to reach 16% in the near term.”
The pilot production is being conducted in a facility which holds the possibility for future expansion to an annual capacity of 30MW.