Established solar company, XsunX, Inc., has announced a positive response to its cross-industry CIGS technology, from those who attended the Intersolar North America and Semicon West 2009. The company’s breakthrough thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) cross-industry technology, as detailed last week on PV-Tech, is still in development stage but may soon utilize the excess manufacturing capacity of the mature hard disc drive (HDD) industry to mass produce high efficiency, low cost solar cells.
Joseph Grimes, XsunX’s President & COO, stated, “We are extremely pleased with the positive comments received from industry experts at the two shows. Their responses validated that the XsunX approach presents a viable method for producing high efficiency CIGS cells.”
XsunX’s manufacturing method combines the higher cell efficiencies that can be achieved through small area solar cell production with the high rate processing techniques developed within the HDD industry. Tom Djokovich, XsunX CEO commented, “High efficiency flexible CIGS solar cells provide an immense opportunity for use in multiple market segments. This is a vast market opportunity to replace aging technology.”
“Silicon wafer based module manufacturers expressed growing concern to XsunX that silicon costs would rise again, and that as a non-silicon based wafer replacement company, XsunX offered a potential solution to rising costs of production. The breakthrough thin-film opportunity also relieves some of their concerns about the issues faced in scaling CIGS which we believe will overcome current solar technology manufacturing limitations,” continued Grimes.
According to event organizers, the preliminary visitor attendance for both Semicon West and Intersolar North America was 16,700 with over 500 exhibitors attending.