CIGS solar manufacturer selects Veeco deposition equipment

Veeco Instruments Inc. announced that it has received a multi-milliondollar order from GroupSat (Hong Kong) Ltd for its suite of FastFlexWeb Coating Systems.

This complement of tools will be shippedto GroupSat’s factory in Suzhou, China, and is comprised of one Mo(Molybdenum) deposition system, one TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxide)deposition system and two CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenide)deposition systems. Veeco currently expects to ship these systems inearly 2010.

Nasir M. Ameriar, CEO of GroupSat, commented: “Wehave an aggressive plan to become the first true CIGS thin film solarmanufacturer in China. As a provider of flexible solar products, wewill cater to markets in China, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia,and have chosen Veeco’s FastFlex Web Coating Systems because we areconvinced that their technology and process support will help usachieve our goals.”

David Bruns, Senior Vice President andGeneral Manager, Veeco Solar Equipment, said: “We are pleased to beselected by GroupSat for their expansion plans. Our FastFlex systemsfeature the industry’s only fully integrated thermal evaporationsources, which we believe provides our customers a high throughput, lowcost manufacturing solution. Ultimately the success of CIGS technologyis tied to increasing cell efficiency and driving down manufacturingcost per watt.”

CIGS is emerging as the next generation solartechnology, offering combined benefits of higher efficiencies and lowercosts when compared with silicon. Market research firm Greentech Mediaestimates that CIGS production capacity will grow from 264 megawatts in2009 to 1.7 gigawatts in 2012 (a CAGR of 86 percent).

CIGSsolar cells offer the broadest range of applications of any thin filmsolar technology –- they can be used in solar farms, in BIPV (buildingintegrated PV), flat and pitched roofs, rooftop shingles and inportable devices.

Veeco’s FastFlex platform features flexiblearchitecture with high uptime that can be configured to specific needs,with a choice of rotary or planar magnetrons for high throughput, hightemperature effusion sources, and substrate sizes up to one meter wide.