Torgau, January 27, 2011
Avancis has thus succeeded in improving its last record efficiency rate of 15.1%, set in 2010, and continues to top the leader board for monolithic thin-film modules.
“The increase in efficiency was achieved by using a zinc oxide front electrode with higher conductivity. We also improved the structuring process, thereby enlarging the active area of the module. This enabled us to optimise the width of the individual cells once more, allowing us to increase efficiency as a result”, said Dr Franz Karg, CTO of Avancis, explaining how the company achieved its most recent success.
So that the findings of the research department can be implemented in industrial applications as quickly as possible, the engineering department works exclusively with processes and materials that are actually in use in series production. Avancis plans to implement many of the improved processes in the new factories it is currently building. The company is in the process of building a second factory at its headquarters in Torgau and is getting ready to set up a third production facility in South Korea. Both factories will work at output rates of 100 MWp/a.
Efficiencies are also evident in series production: the CIS modules in the Avancis PowerMax® range are already delivering 12% efficiency in the 130 W class even today.
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Mr Angel Martinez
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AVANCIS develops and produces photovoltaic modules based on CIS (copper indium selenide) technology. The innovative manufacturing process relies on the second-generation CIS technology that has been developed by the AVANCIS R&D department in Munich. The first plant at the company’s business location in Torgau has a production capacity of 20 megawatt peak per year (MWp/a). The company is currently constructing a second plant with a production capacity of 100 MWp/a.
Siemens, Shell and Saint-Gobain are some of the big names that helped cultivate the technology now available from AVANCIS while it was still in its infancy. The successes achieved in the field of photovoltaics are largely due to their efforts. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain since autumn 2009, AVANCIS benefits from Saint-Gobain’s many years of expertise in glass coating and heat treatment, both core competencies of this leading global construction and automotive glass supplier.