Both solar companies are closely linked with the Chinese state-owned company, CNBM and they now want to work together to develop the next generation of CIGS manufacturing facilities.
Singulus Technologies AG has secured a new contract from Avancis Germany for the development of next generation CIGS production facilities. Further details on the volume and timeframe of the agreement were not provided. A request from more information from pv magazine remains unanswered for the time being.
The two companies have been working together since 2008 to develop and optimize the “Cisaris” selenization plants for the production of CIGS thin film modules. Their common goal is to further reduce manufacturing costs, and increase cell and performance.
“The production capacity for CIGS cells in China is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. Singulus Technologies is involved in all major investments in China with machinery for the various CIGS processes,” the company said.
Avancis has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of China National Building Materials (CNBM) since 2014. The following year saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a CIGS factory in China with a production capacity of 1.5 GW.
Among other things, Singulus delivered the machines for the plant and, in mid-2016, signed a €110 million order with CNBM, which is currently still being processed. Singulus also received further follow-up orders from the Chinese state-owned company. CNBM is now a minority shareholder in the German PV plant manufacturer.
Source PV Magazine