Hanergy acquired Solibro’s copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) technology, which was used to produce the latest efficiency record-breaking module for that thin-film technology. (Photo Credit: Solibro GmbH)
- The German subsidiary of China’s Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd., Solibro GmbH, has achieved an 18.72% aperture area efficiency on its double-glass copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) solar module
- It has been rated as the world’s most efficient CIGS module
- US-based subsidiary Alta Devices has secured the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Modules certification for its GaAs modules with the highest efficiency ever achieved by a single-junction solar module
China’s Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. has announced that its Germany-based subsidiary Solibro GmbH has achieved a record 18.72% aperture area efficiency for its double-glass copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) solar module. German testing laboratory TÜV Rheinland has rated Solibro’s CIGS solar module as the world’s most efficient CIGS module.
Hanergy acquired Solibro in September 2012 from Q-Cells. The company says its CIGS technology can be applied in a variety of areas, with major markets including distributed power generation. Solibro has deployed its modules, among others, in a 3 MW thin-film solar project in Zoucheng Industrial Park in Shandong province, China; at a sports stadium in Germany; and residential solar systems in France.
Hanergy has also used Solibro’s CIGS modules in some large-scale poverty-alleviation projects in China, including a 160 kW project in Duping, Fengkai County. So far, the company has constructed almost 40 PV poverty-alleviation projects, accounting for a total installed capacity of over 150 MW.
Fraunhofer certification for US subsidiary Alta Devices
Another subsidiary of Hanergy, US-based Alta Devices, has achieved the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Modules certification for its newest product, with the highest efficiency ever produced by a single-junction solar module. The German solar energy testing laboratory gave its verdict on Alta Devices’ GaAs technology module, which achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.1%.
Alta Devices’ high-efficiency modules can be used to power products such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), electric vehicles and smart sensors, according to the company.
“Our goal with this module was to demonstrate world-record efficiency in mass production at commercial scale,” said Dr. Jian Ding, the senior vice president of Hanergy Thin Film and CEO of Alta Devices, adding that, “Applications for this type of thin and flexible solar power are becoming broader and more critical.”