The future of CIGS

Thin-film has its charms. One hundredth of the thickness of crystalline silicon (c-Si), ultra-efficient and simpler to fabricate, CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) technologies measure up well on many levels.

Price, however, remains the spoiler, with disparities in cost threatening to grow larger as conventional c-Si and market overcapacity continue to eat away at thin-film’s annual market share, which is forecast to slide from about 9% in 2013 to 7% by 2017.

Solar Frontier, which next month breaks ground on its fourth CIGS module plant in Japan — the 150MW Tōhoku factory — is bucking the trend, having shifted to an energy-provider model, rather than functioning solely as a module supplier. Together with First Solar, Solar Frontier is expected to account for Log in to read complete article.

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