Korean-based equipment supplier WONIK IPS has developed a turnkey CIGS thin-film technology from previous collaborations with Samsung. WONIK IPS has taken over all of the CIGS technology and IP acquired by Samsung SDI during its intensive and long-running CIGS R&D development phase.
Manufacturing CIGS modules creates a higher barrier to entry than with c-Si modules, usually requiring greater investments in terms of R&D and upfront CapEx costs. There is a lack of proven equipment and reliable processes for CIGS manufacturing, and CIGS manufacturers often have to develop proprietary systems with the above related costs. In addition, there is the challenge of achieving large area uniformity with 4-component materials and process monitoring and control. Prices can be prohibitive due to high initial investments/commissioning periods.
WONIK IPS is providing a proven turnkey solution leading to mass production with full technology transfer, including a selenization furnace and MOCVD for TCO and sputtering. WONIK operates an existing pilot line that reduces time from R&D to customer volume production with high efficiencies.
Turnkey CIGS volume production.
Wonik IPS CIGS turnkey manufacturing solution creates a shortcut to the market by offering a tried and tested manufacturing platform with known module performance at 16% highest current efficiency (TUV confirmed) in 900 x 1,600mm module format and a claimed roadmap for 19% conversion efficiency and US$0.2/W module manufacturing costs. All equipment is provided, including support for reaching full production output at the stated efficiency.