XsunX has completed the first stage of a CIGS thin-film solar device it has been developing. The company has been working on a hybrid solar cell technology that adapts manufacturing processes from the hard disk drive (HDD) industry to produce CIGS solar cells deposited onto stainless-steel substrate with “pseudo square” configuration.
Although it is still in the early development stage, XsunX hopes that this technology will replace traditional silicon wafer solar cells. “With this completed sample we have reached a critical milestone in our development process, achieved through the vigilant efforts of our engineers and trusted business partner,” said Tom Djokovich, CEO, XsunX.
XsunX’s new type of thin-film PV manufacturing techniques are aimed at producing an appropriately proportioned cell that can be used on existing solar module production lines by manufacturers looking for a direct substitute for increasingly controversial silicon cells.
In the next stage of development, the company will evaluate technical data concerning performance, conversion efficiency to continue to fine-tune each cell layer based on input collected from small-area devices, and aim to perfect its engineering designs.