PTiP (Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property), a spin-off from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has commissioned its CIGS thin-film solar module pilot line in collaboration with equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies.
The facility in the Techno Park near Stellenbosch, South Africa is designed to serve as a state-of-the-art research and development facility for commercial-scale (1200mm x 600mm) CIGS modules that take advantage of the climate and technology benefits of CIGS such as temperature co-efficiency and low-light conditions in the region.
Prof. Vivian Alberts, CEO of PTiP said: “The commissioning and official opening of this CIGS pilot facility in South Africa confirms the goals of the South African government to support and promote alternative and renewable energies, based on locally developed IP and skills. It is an important step for a successful energy policy in our country.”
PTiP aims to supply CIGS modules with high local content to planned and future PV projects in South Africa.
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO of Singulus Technologies added: “With the vacuum coating, the selenisation as well as two work steps in the wet-chemical area, in total we supplied four key process steps for a CIGS line. With our partner PTiP, we intend to continue to successfully implement the additional expansion stages as well.”
Singulus Technologies was a core partner with PTiP for around three years. PTiP placed a €7 million (US$9.5 million) order for equipment with Singulus in mid-2012.