Programme for IW-CIGSTech 8 published

The workshop programme for IW-CIGSTech 8, jointly organized by HZB and ZSW, has been published and can be found at the iw-cigstech homepage. Do not miss the opportunity to take part in the discussion with renowned CIGS experts for the very small fee of 150 Euro plus VAT – register now!

Programm of IW-CIGSTech 8
Programm of IW-CIGSTech 8

You are also welcome to submit a poster. Please e-mail your name, title and affiliation to poster [at] iw-cigstech [dot] org.

Register now for IW-CIGSTech 8 – the international workshop by HZB and ZSW

International IW-CIGS-Tech 8 workshop on May 30 in Stuttgart to focus on latest advances

Global demand for photovoltaic systems is rising sharply. CIGS thin-film modules have become a hot topic for the solar industry. International experts will convene in Stuttgart on May 30, 2017, at the annual IW-CIGSTech workshop to discuss past and potential future technical and industrial advances in this solar technology. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) are hosting the eighth installment of this workshop, which caters to scientists, engineers and industry specialists.

The agenda and registration form are posted at This year’s gathering will take place in the ZSW institute’s new building in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Its timing is opportune: After the workshop, participants can conveniently head over to Munich for the Intersolar Europe expo, which opens on the following day.

Solar power systems with 75 gigawatts capacity were installed worldwide in 2016. That is an increase of 50 percent over the previous year’s figure. Analysts expect the global market to grow by around 100 gigawatts annually in the years ahead. These are exciting times indeed for the photovoltaics sector. Remarkable strides have been made, especially with thin-film technology featuring a semiconductor made of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS). Efficiency is rising fast, and manufacturing costs are dropping. CIGS technology has now attained a level of maturity that merits large investments, and major module and equipment manufacturers are stepping up their funding for projects in this field.

Expertise in the latest tech

IW-CIGSTech, an annual fixture on the solar calendar since 2010, is one of the leading international workshops devoted to CIGS thin-film technology. Speakers from the industry’s banner companies and renowned scientists have agreed to appear at this year’s event. An all-day affair, it offers an intriguing mix of topics at the crossroads of science, engineering and industrial applications. On the agenda are lectures, discussions and poster presentations. In the evening, attendees can network with their peers at a meet-and-greet in the new ZSW premises.

For all information on the workshop and a link to registration, please refer to the workshop website.

Invitation to IW-CIGSTech 8

The international workshop on CIGS thin-film technology, IW-CIGSTech 8, has appeared on the horizon: The workshop jointly hosted by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW) will take place on May 30th, 2017, at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany

We alread have a list of 10 confirmed speakers, including representative of all important CIGS manufacturers; please refer to the workshop website.

Information for registration will be published in the first half of March.

Save the Date: IW-CIGSTech 7 Held as Parallel Event at EU-PVSEC 2016

Many CIGS experts are aware of the tradition of the International Workshop on CIGS Solar Cell Technology (IW-CIGSTech) usually being held at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB). For the scope of last year’s event, see the IW-CIGSTech 6 website.

Announcing EU-PVSEC 2016 at previous conference
Announcing EU-PVSEC 2016 at previous conference (image: WIP)

In 2016, HZB and ZSW will be joining forces to offer IW-CIGSTech 7 as a parallel event at the 32nd European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, EU-PVSEC, taking place in Munich, Germany, in June. IW-CIGSTech 7 will take place as a full-day meeting on Thursday, 23rd of June, 2016, including an evening event in downtown Munich.

IW-CIGSTech 7 will be an international workshop focussing on CIGS solar cell technology, combining scientific and technological aspects with their industrial applications. The workshop will consist of invited talks, discussions and poster presentations. Please note that the programme of the workshop will be fully complementary to the main Conference programme topics.

The organizers – Rutger Schlatmann (HZB), Michael Powalla (ZSW), and Hans-Werner Schock – would be delighted to welcome you in Munich for a day of lively discussions on CIGS technology topics. Further details will be published soon.

If you would like to be put on the workshop mailing list, please contact Claudia Brusdeylins.