The flexible CIGS cells and module production equipment deal with Rusnano, says Midsummer, may open up a whole new market for its technology. (Photo Credit: Midsummer)
- Midsummer has announced signing an agreement with Rusnano to help the Russian government entity in setting up production facilities for lightweight flexible CIGS PV cells and modules
- Such facilities along with end-user product development will need to be developed in Russia and other nations in the Eurasian Economic Union
- Rusnano wants to develop the technology locally with the help of Midsummer and then upgrade the same to increase the scale of production and export it internationally, including even to Midsummer
Russia wants its very own production facility for flexible non-silicon solar PV for which it has joined hands with Swedish thin-film solar PV manufacturer Midsummer. The Russian government’s nanotechnology arm Rusnano has signed a frame agreement with Midsummer to promote and develop the manufacturing of lightweight flexible CIGS PV cells and modules to set up production and end-user product development in Russia and other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Under the agreement signed with Rusnano and its Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), Midsummer will also source panels for global distribution of panels manufactured in Russia and the region.
Rusnano is interested in exploring and exploiting the opportunity that building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) offers. Its vision is clear and expressed by FIEP Rusnano Deputy CEO Ruslan Titov, “Several research groups and companies in Europe and the USA have made breakthroughs in photovoltaic technology in recent years, breakthroughs which have made it possible to install solar panels in places where we had not been able to before – on unexploited roofs, facades, and windows. We are systematically developing non-silicon flexible photovoltaics in Russia, the only way feasible – first we transfer and localize technologies, then we upgrade the technology and increase the scale of production in order to meet the demands of the growing market, including export to Midsummer.”
The Swedish company too has high hopes in the Rusnano cooperation. Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström believes this could open up a whole new market for its advanced manufacturing equipment for light, flexible, robust and energy efficient thin film solar cells.
In the Nordic region, Rusnano is also working with Danish wind power systems producer Vestas and Finnish utility Fortum. The Russian company is also one of two owners of local HJT technology solar panel manufacturer and EPC company Hevel Solar along with Renova Group.
Midsummer also names US based Sunflare Manufacturing in the official statement, for whom it is installing CIGS thin-film solar cell production equipment in the new Chinese factory (see Midsummer Bags $7 Million Order).