SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has signed a framework agreement with MiaSole, a leading manufacturer of copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels based in Santa Clara, California. The agreement, which runs until 2013, enables Phoenix Solar to extend its product portfolio with another quality supplier capable of highly cost-efficient manufacturing. In the context of this agreement, Phoenix Solar has placed an order for an initial 4.5 MWp of thin-film modules from MiaSole for delivery in the second quarter of 2010.
MiaSole's innovative production process applies different layers of copper, indium, gallium and selenium on a metal foil. This substrate is divided into cell-like sections and laminated between two hardened glass plates. The frameless glass-glass module can be used for roofs, as well as for ground-mounted systems, and can withstand high wind and snow loads. The innovative production process allows for almost all module shapes to be manufactured, which increases the potential for saving costs on balance of systems equipment.
In the laboratory CIGS technology has already achieved the highest conversion efficiency amongst all commercial thin-film technologies. The current conversion efficiency of the MiaSole module is 10.5 percent, with higher efficiency product to be shipped at the end of 2010.
The framework agreement also includes a recycling warranty where required by regulation or financing: At the end of the lifetime of the solar modules the customer has the option of having them taken away by MiaSole and recycled or reconditioned.
"Phoenix Solar has always sought to lead the field in innova
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