MiaSole will now be a supplier of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells to Phoenix Solar AG, a photovoltaic integrator, after the companies signed a framework agreement.
In the context of this agreement, which runs until 2013, Phoenix Solar has ordered an initial 4.5 MWp of thin-film modules from MiaSole for delivery in the second quarter of 2010.
The framework agreement includes a recycling warranty where required by regulation or financing: At the end of the solar modules’ lifetimes, the customer has the option of having MiaSole recycle or reconditioned them.
MiaSole says its production process applies different layers of copper, indium, gallium and selenium on a metal foil. This substrate is then divided into cell-like sections and laminated between two hardened glass plates. The frameless glass-glass module can be used for roofs or ground-mounted systems and can withstand high wind and snow loads. According to MiaSole, the process allows for almost any module shapes to be manufactured, increasing the potential for cost savings. MiaSole points out that CIGS has achieved the highest covnersion efficiency among all commercial thin-film technologies in the laboratory . Miasole module has an efficiency of 10.5, and a higher efficiency product is to be shipped at the end of 2010.
“We welcome MiaSole to our group of strategical suppliers with whom we work closely to extract maximum synergy effects as a means of continuously driving down system costs,” said Manfred Bachler, Chief Technology Officer at Phoenix Solar AG.