Success Factors

Manz has nearly 40 years of experience developing CIGS technology together with its exclusive research partner, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research at Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). This makes Manz not only the single provider of a turnkey production line for manufacturing CIGS thin film solar modules, but also the world’s most experienced company. This opens up many advantages for Manz’s customers.

Success Factors

Manz CIGSfab advantages at a glance:

  • Nearly 40 years of experience

CIGS development already has almost 40 years of history in Baden-Württemberg. After the first pilot production of a CIGS module in 1975 at the Institute for Physical Electronics (IPE) at the University of Stuttgart, the founding of ZSW in 1988, the first pilot system for CIGS modules at Würth Solar in 2000, and the start of mass production in 2006, Manz has opened a broad mass market for CIGS technology.

  • Lowest production costs for solar energy

Lowest production costs due to Manz’s high internal added value and many years of production optimization at Würth Solar. Moreover, Manz offers a high potential for cost reduction potential through collaboration with the renowned ZSW research institute and the industry’s largest expert team. This team transfers ZSW’s research to mass production system technology on Manz’s innovation line.

  • Exclusive access to ZSW’s world record technology

Manz CIGSfab customers have exclusive access to world record technology through the collaboration between Manz and ZSW in CIGS solar technology.

  • Manz’s in-house CIGS innovation line

Those interested can visit our “CIGSinnoline” in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, themselves and see that Manz CIGS technology isn’t just a vision — it’s reality. Moreover, the production equipment is intensively used for further research and development, and results are continuously passed on to our customers as upgrades.

  • Record module efficiency and most efficient mass production

With a record efficiency of 16 % and an average module efficiency of 14.6 %, Manz proves the high potential of CIGS technology and the performance of Manz CIGSfab. The CIGSfab is the most efficient of all turnkey systems for thin-film technology. Additionally, Manz can provide a reliable roadmap for further reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

  • Excellent potential for the future

Compared to other thin-film technologies, such as cadmium-telluride (CdTe) or thin-film silicon, CIGS offers the best potential for the future when it comes to production costs and efficiency! Moreover, CIGS technology has considerable cost advantages over the crystalline silicon solar modules still dominating the market today.

  • A highly secure investment

Outstanding investment security due to maximum efficiency potential and a reliable technology and cost roadmap. Technological upgrades for our customers are a firm component of our business model.

  • Module reliability

A large number of Manz CIGS modules have been installed worldwide. References from all parts of the world and from all climate zones verify the reliability of the modules.

  • Financing

Leading financial institutions around the world have already financed solar power plants that use Manz technology.