Smit Ovens has received a follow-on order from an existing, unidentified customer for its vapor transport deposition (VTD) systems for mass production of thin-film CIGS (copper indium gallium diselenide) cells. The order also includes a scaled-down system for deposition of selenium and crystallization of CIGS precursors, suitable for research into process optimization.
“This repeat order underscores the strong relationship we have with our customer, which aims to be a leading player in the global CIGS cell market,” noted Wiro Zijlmans, CEO of Smit Ovens. “Thermal processes are a key way to achieve competitiveness in this growing market. We’re already seeing cell efficiencies of 10-12%. And with advance thermal processes manufacturers can get close to production costs of one US$ per watt–a crucial threshold for creating a mass market for thin film CIGS photovoltaics.”