Success Factors

Manz has over 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). The establishment of the R&D joint venture "NICE PV Research Ltd." with China Energy Investment Corporation Limited (formerly Shenhua Group) and Shanghai electric at the beginning of 2017 means a sustainable growth momentum for the development of the CIGS technology.

Success Factors

Manz CIGSfab advantages at a glance:

  • Over 40 years of experience

CIGS development already has over 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 since 2010.

  • Lowest cost per watt

Considering the costs per watt (the actual manufacturing costs of the solar modules) those of the CIGS technology are already today significantly lower than those of the crystalline technology. Scaling the production capacities, they can be dramatically reduced again. The cost advantages, compared with today still dominating silicon solar technology, will even increase.

  • Costs of energy production

The cost advantage of CIGS technology increases by considering the actually relevant costs of power generation, the costs per kilowatt hour. If a CIGS module and a crystalline silicon module with the same nominal power are installed next to each other, the CIGS module generates 10 to 15 % more power during the year. Among other things, this is due to the higher PMPP temperature coefficient (Power of the solar cell at the Maximum Power Point) of the CIGS modules compared to crystalline silicon modules. Thus, the power generation of CIGS modules is less affected by the heating of the module than that of crystalline silicon modules.

  • CIGS innovation line

Those interested can visit the “CIGSinnoline”of NICE Solar Energy GmbH 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.

  • Most efficient mass production

With an average module efficiency of 15.7 %, 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.

  • 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.