Manz joins PV research projects in Germany

Manz AG is taking part in two development partnerships in Germany: one with CIGS module manufacturer Würth Solar and ZSW in Stuttgart, and one with c-Si module maker Schott Solar AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

August 8, 2011 – Manz AG is taking part in two development partnerships to advance solar manufacturing technology in Germany: one with the copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar module manufacturer Würth Solar and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Stuttgart, and one with crystalline silicon solar module manufacturer Schott Solar AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

Wurth Solar, Manz, and ZSW aim to rapidly advance CIGS thin-film technology, which is licensed to Manz as part of an exclusive expertise and cooperation agreement with Würth Solar. ZSW’s lab has built CIGS modules with 20.3% efficiency. The project will target efficiency boosts in mass-produced designs and cost reductions. The project has a total budget of ?12.5 million; Manz will receive ?3.8 million in subsidies over the next four years from Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Manz’s development partnership with Schott Solar AG and Fraunhofer ISE is subsidized by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Research. The team will focus on key technologies for affordable mass production of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. The goal is new methods for increasing solar cell efficiency and reducing material costs. The project’s budget totals ?7.7 million, with ?1.85 million coming from government subsidies.

The German government funding is provided under the Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance launched in August 2010.

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