White Paper for CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology

This website highlights the CIGS Whitepaper written by 30 renowned experts from CIGS industry and research institutes. It was first conceived in 2015 and has been updated in February 2019 (publication pending).

CIGS building-integrated facade with CIGS modules by (image: Manz AG)
CIGS building-integrated facade with CIGS modules by (image: Manz AG)

Objectives

  • Highlight the unique features of CIGS thin-film technology:
    combines the intrinsic advantages of thin-film technologies with high efficiency, energy yield and reliability
  • Outline applications:
    utility scale, rooftop and BIPV applications, colored, patterned and/or flexible products
  • Advantages for Manufacturing:
    fully vertically integrated, low-cost production on a GW scale
  • Describe impact on the environment:
    low material consumption, short energy payback times, low carbon footprint
  • Evaluate and promote collaboration between commercial companies and research institutes:
    combined efforts to follow and accelerate the learning curve