The SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG reports a positive feedback from the concluded professional solar fair Intersolar Europe. The customers’ interest in new, innovative production technologies was high, which is underlined by the growth projected by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
For the market of machines for the production of crystalline, high-performance cells, e.g. heterojunction solar cells, the company has reached a leading market position with its 2014 further developed and very innovative etching and cleaning machine SILEX II and continues to expand the market position. Several tier 1 cell manufacturers (very large cell producers) have project talks continue at the company’s fair booth and also visited the production site in Fuerstenfeldbruck. The wet-chemical processing machines of the SILEX II type were in the center of the discussions. The SILEX II processing machine was introduced to the market at the end of 2014. Until now, nearly 30 of these machines have been sold.
There were also detailed project talks with existing and also new, potential customers with regards to the work area of CIGS thin-film solar technologies. The interest in investment in CIGS thin-film solar technology is increasing significantly. This holds especially true for the planned set-up in the more hot regions of our world.The production capacities for CIS/CIGS cells will rise substantially in the coming years. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES supplies machine technology and know-how for several CIGS processes. The goal is to continuously improve the cell performance as well as the production output.
In the past couple of years SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES focused considerable resources on the development and the market launch of new production technologies for the manufacturing of new cell concepts for crystalline and thin-film solar technologies and pursues a focused growth strategy.
Positive outlook for the photovoltaics market
According to a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) the share of globally produced energy from photovoltaics could rise from currently 2 % to 13 % in the year 2030. The global PV-capacity could rise up to 2,500 GW by 2030.
The costs will continue to decline and solar power will become ever cheaper to produce. According to IRENA, the production costs of solar energy from PV-plants in Europe, China, India, South Africa and the United States of America are usually in a range of 5 to 10 US-cents per kilowatthour (kWh) only.