Using CIGSfab, Manz is the world’s only provider of a fully integrated, turnkey production line for manufacturing CIGS thin-film solar modules.
Regardless of whether Manz’s customers want to use the production line for manufacturing and selling CIGS thin-film solar modules or use the completed solar modules to set up solar parks and produce energy for internal use or sale: With CIGSfab, Manz offers an excellent investment option in today’s most profitable, efficient solar technology to their customers worldwide.
CIGS technology: Past – Present – Future
In the beginning of 2017, Manz AG and affiliated subsidiaries of Shenhua Group, Shanghai Electric, and Beijing Future Science Park Development Group founded a unique R&D Joint Venture that will become the world-leading research company dedicated to the CIGS thin-film technology. The research results of the exclusive development partner, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), remain the basis. With an efficiency of 22.6 % on a laboratory cell, the ZSW holds the world record for all thin-film solar technologies.
Thus, the R&D Joint Venture can leverage the potential of CIGS for further efficiency increase and reduction of manufacturing costs even more quickly. For this purpose , a R&D line will be installed in Beijing in addition to the existing one in Schwaebisch Hall.
Already today, with a current modul efficiency of CIGSfab of up to 16 % and a reliable technology roadmap for future increases of efficiency, Manz offers its customers maximum investment security.
In China the CIGSfab is sold exclusively through another joint venture between Manz, Shenhua and Shanghai Electric of which Manz has the majority with 56 %. In all other countries, Manz is the sole supplier of the turnkey production line.