New CIGS module efficiency record at NICE Solar Energy

German-Chines joint venture NICE Solar Energy GmbH has achieved a new world record efficiency for CIGS thin-film solar modules with 17.6 percent. This efficiency record, confirmed by TÜV Rheinland on a module surface area of 120 x 60 centimeters, was achieved on production equipment of Manz at the R&D site of NICE Solar Energy in Schwäbisch Hall. For more details, see news articles by Manz AG and pv magazine.

Save the date: IW-CIGSTech 11 on the horizon!

Place and date have now been set for the international CIGS workshop IW-CIGSTech 11! It will take place at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Berlin Adlershof on 22nd and 23rd June 2020. The workshop will be co-hosted by HZB and ZSW.

The first day (Monday) will be devoted to industry updates, followed by a social event in the evening. On the second day (Tuesday), research organizations will have their say. The day will end in the early afternoon to enable everyone to get home on Tuesday.

More detailed information will be published at usual on the event website iw-cigstech.org.

You would like to be added to the event mailing list? Please write to info [at] iw-cigstech [dot] org.

Tandem Solar Modules: One-Two Combination Packs a More Powerful Punch

Perovskite/ CIGS semiconductor pairing promises to boost photovoltaic efficiency

From the laboratory cell to a small solar module: A perovskite innovation from the ZSW laboratory. Photo: ZSW.

The efficiency ceiling of commercially available solar modules leaves little room for improvement. Tandem solar modules with two light-harvesting active layers have far greater potential. The future could well belong to this promising technology. Researchers engaged in the Capitano project are combining thin-film solar modules based on perovskite semiconductors with semiconductors made of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS). This combination is the key to building remarkably efficient tandem solar cells with all the advantages of thin-film technology and an efficiency factor that could top the 30-percent mark. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Schwäbisch Hall-based enterprise NICE Solar Energy, and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) have joined forces in this project with the ZSW acting as coordinator.

Download complete press release as PDF.

Visit coordinator ZSW this week at EU-PVSEC in Marseille, booth A1.

CIGS White Paper 2019 now available

CIGS White Paper 2019
CIGS White Paper 2019

The new edition of the CIGS White Paper has been published today. In a joint press release, research institutes ZSW and HZB describe why thin-film PV, in particular CIGS, is a key technology to drive global energy transition.

The CIGS White Paper 2019 is available for download. The complete text of the White Paper can also be read online on this website – simply select “Why invest in CIGS thin-film technology?” in the menu.

Save the date: IW-CIGSTech 9 to be held on June 18, 2018, at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany

IW-CIGSTech 8 has been a great success, presenting hot CIGS thin-film solar cell research and industry news to a packed auditorium in Stuttgart, Germany:

IW-CIGSTech 8 participants in front of the CIGS facade at new ZSW building in Stuttgart
IW-CIGSTech 8 participants in front of the CIGS facade at new ZSW building in Stuttgart

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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! Continue reading Programme for IW-CIGSTech 8 published