24 November 2009
Solarion AG of Leipzig, Germany, a supplier of thin-film solar modules using Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide (CIGS), announced today the successful achievement of a crucial milestone within its internal qualification of a transparent and flexible encapsulation solution for its CIGS thin-film solar cells on plastic.
With this flexible encapsulation system Solarion passed the damp-heat test (1,000 hours at 85 % relative humidity and 85 °C temperature) according to the IEC 61646 standard for performance and durability of thin-film solar modules.
“A fexible packaging of large area photovoltaic devices with effciencies of about 10% represents a real bright spot for new photovoltaic applications. We are seeing a strong demand for highly effcient, flexible and lightweight solar modules,” said Karsten Otte, CEO at Solarion. “The availability of such photovoltaic products enables completely new product solutions for example in the field of solar roofing materials for buildings or for implementing these products into automotive lightweight constructions which will become more and more important with completely electric powered vehicles.“ adds Otte.
In September Volkswagen AG presented the concept car E-Up!. The roof of the car was designed as a curved solar module incorporating solar technology developed by Solarion AG.