GroupSat has placed a multi-million dollar order with Veeco Instruments for its suite of ‘FastFlex’ Web Coating Systems used for CIGS (copper, indium, gallium selenide) deposition. The multiple systems order comprises of one TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxide) deposition system and two CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenide) deposition systems. The tools will be shipped to GroupSat’s factory in Suzhou, China.
“We have an aggressive plan to become the first true CIGS thin film solar manufacturer in China,” noted Nasir M. Ameriar, CEO of GroupSat. “As a provider of flexible solar products, we will cater to markets in China, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, and have chosen Veeco’s FastFlex Web Coating Systems because we are convinced that their technology and process support will help us achieve our goals.”
“Our FastFlex systems feature the industry’s only fully integrated thermal evaporation sources, which we believe provides our customers a high throughput, low cost manufacturing solution,” commented David Bruns, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Veeco Solar Equipment. “Ultimately the success of CIGS technology is tied to increasing cell efficiency and driving down manufacturing cost per watt.”
Greentech Media estimates that CIGS production capacity will grow from 264MW in 2009 to 1.7GW in 2012, generating a CAGR of 86%.