Swedish Solar Energy Expert Midsummer receives repeat Order For a DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system after exceeding efficiency specifications at acceptance test
Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received a repeat order for its compact DUO solar cell manufacturing system from a not yet named customer in the Far East after a successful acceptance test in which Midsummer’s DUO system greatly exceeded the guaranteed efficiency specifications.
Midsummer has recently signed a multi million USD repeat order for its DUO system from an undisclosed multinational corporation that previously bought the system in April last year.
The repeat order was placed after a successful “Acceptance Test” done in the end of 2015 where Midsummer’s DUO system exceeded the promised efficiency specification with over 1 percentage point. Due to a strong demand for lightweight, flexible modules the customer decided to buy another DUO manufacturing system, which will be delivered in the end of 2016.
The Midsummer DUO is a compact, fully automatic deposition system for CIGS solar cell manufacturing. It’s designed for high throughput, operational stability, optimized layer uniformity and superior material utilization.
“We have again shown that we are the leading provider of turnkey production lines of flexible thin film CIGS,” said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “Our focus on lightweight flexible modules appeals to the market, as well as our use of sputtering for all layers, and that the production process is an all-dry, all vacuum process.”
Global solar energy market shifting to thin film solar cells
Midsummer is a leading global provider of turnkey production lines for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) solar cells. Midsummer has developed a rapid process for the production of these solar cells using sputtering of all layers of the solar cell. This allows for scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film solar cells. Midsummer’s customers are manufacturers of thin-film solar cells worldwide.
“Fewer large scale solar energy parks are being built in Europe and the global solar cell market is facing a paradigm shift. Focus is shifting to installations on large buildings in cities. Lightweight and flexible thin film solar cells are ideal for this market. It is economically and environmentally more beneficial to use solar energy locally, where it is produced”, Sven Lindström concluded.