Progress and trends in CIGS and perovskite/CIGS PV

Thin-film solar cells based on chalcopyrite semiconductor Cu(In,Ga) (S,Se)2 compound (hereafter called CIGS or CIGSeS irrespective of the exact composition) have continuously drawn interest because of their progressively increasing high photovoltaic conversion efficiencies and the merits of long-term performance stability, high energy yield, low cost production potentials and other advantages for industrial manufacturing and application of solar.

Predicting moisture-induced degradation of flexible PV modules in the field

A critical failure mechanism for PV modules is the degradation in performance as a result of exposure to temperature and humidity. In the case of flexible PV modules, moisture-induced damage becomes a greater concern, since the moisture resistance of barriers and polymer packaging is expected to be lower than that for conventional glass–glass PV products. The work presented here is aimed at establishing, through the use of accelerated testing, the field lifetime of flexible PV modules with regard to moisture-induced degradation.

Avancis likely customer for 300MW Singulus selenisation system order

Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has said that it is close to closing a major contract after a customer signed an order late last year for a new advanced selenisation system, based on its ‘CISARIS’ platform for CIGS thin-film production.

Ascent Solar’s Q3 sales hit by cash constraints

Flexible CIGS thin-film consumer product producer Ascent Solar Technologies reported lower than expected third quarter sales, while reducing full-year revenue guidance on liquidity constraints in the quarter.

Manz reports first nine-month revenue of €169 million

PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG has reported revenue in the first nine months of 2015 of €169 million, in line with lower guidance due to order delays and cancellations of around €140 million.