MiaSolé, the leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide(CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, announced that the USDepartment of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)independently confirmed the 14.3 percent efficiency of its large areaproduction modules (1 square meter in size).
The 14.3 percentmodule efficiency is the highest independently confirmed efficiency forany commercial scale CIGS module technology.
“We are pleased that we continue to make progress in the execution of our technology, costreduction and manufacturing roadmaps,” said Dr. Joseph Laia, CEO ofMiaSolé.
MiaSolé now offers bank financeable solar modules withefficiency comparable to polysilicon combined with lower manufacturingcosts of thin-film modules.
MiaSolé’s unique manufacturingprocess deposits CIGS on a flexible stainless steel substrate andproduces all of the layers required for its highly efficient solar cellin a single continuous process. MiaSolé is the only thin-film solarcompany that uses sputtering processes every step of the way for coating the solar modules, thereby reducing manufacturing time and cost ofproduction.
MiaSolé shipped 6.5MW in the first half of this year, and will ship 22MW in 2010. The company’s products are designed forutilities and independent power producers to use in industrial scaledeployments such as large-scale rooftop and ground mount installations.