California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Nanosolar Inc. has launched a new deposition throughput for the production of CIGS thin-film solar cells. The production tool has annual capacity of 1 gigawatt (GW).
The tool uses Nanosolar’s proprietary nanoparticle ink, which allows the company to deliver solar cells with close to 14% efficiency that are simply printed. The system represents an esimtated cost of US $1.65 million.
This process eliminates the need for high-vacuum chambers and the kinds of high-vacuum based deposition techniques from other industries according to Nanosolar.