Oerlikon Solar claims US$0.70 cost per watt for ‘Micromorph’ thin film modules


In a presentation to be made at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Jürg Henz, CEO of Oerlikon Solar, will claim that its ‘Micromorph’ turnkey thin-film production lines are on track to produce a further 30% reduction in production costs in 2010. The company says that it has already driven down module cost 25%, via improved cell efficiencies and greater line throughput, which means that a line capable of producing 60MW in 2008 can now produce 100MW, without additional equipment.

“Oerlikon Solar’s goal is to make solar power economically viable around the world,” said Henz. “We see Abu Dhabi as a key market in helping us reach that goal and commend the United Arab Emirates for their commitment in helping bring thin-film PV manufacturing to the forefront.”

Oerlikon Solar said that incorporating an advanced fab design, its turnkey tandem junction technology would be capable of producing modules for US$0.70/W by the end of 2010.

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