PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG said the 306MW CIGS module production plant for its Chinese partners, the Shanghai Electric Group and the Shenhua Group had started construction on January 4, 2018 and was expected to be completed by the end of third quarter 2018 with production expected to start in the middle of 2019.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies said that its major CIGS (Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide) thin-film module customer in China, China National Building Materials (CNBM) had secured a minority interest in the company.
PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG needs to book revenue of around €157 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 to meet guided expectations of full-year revenue of at least €350 million in 2017.
US-based PV installer RGS Energy has struck an exclusive deal with Dow Chemical to exclusively sell its third generation (3.0) solar shingles under the ‘POWERHOUSE’ brand said to use conventional crystalline silicon solar cells rather than the original CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenide) thin-film substrates.
PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG said it expected to generate revenue of at least €350 million in 2017, including significantly improved and positive EBIT as it starts execution of its large CIGS thin-film orders.
Specialist solar PV equipment supplier centrotherm International has reported first half 2017 photovoltaics and semiconductor segment equipment order backlog of nearly €141 million as well as securing CIGS thin-film tool orders from Manz for turnkey line projects in China.
According to the Financial Times, Hanergy Holding Group plans to build a 300MW CIGS thin-film production plant in partnership with the local government Datong City and Datong Coal Mine Group as part of a wider initiative on developing a solar industry development cluster.
PV specialist equipment supplier centrotherm has secured a number of sputtering systems tool orders for two turnkey CIGS thin-film facilities being supplied by equipment and automation specialist Manz for JV customers Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has stated that its unidentified customer in China that ordered CIGS thin-film tools in March, 2017, said to be valued at over €20 million has reduced the order to around €10 million.
4JET microtech has developed a high throughput solution that enables laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations of CIGS glass substrates. Each of the new MPCT (Mass Production Combi Tool) units can process 100MW of typical CIGS substrates per annum, thereby reducing the number of backend processing stations when compared to conventional solutions.
PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG has received a further €64.3 million pre-payment on CIGS thin-film equipment from Chinese JV partners Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group.