Thin films in PV already penetrating the market, status and perspectives and in detail the CIS technology (Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009)

Mr Bernhard Dimmler, Board Member
Würth Solar, Germany
2009 4월8일.


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Presentation Summary

  • What is thin film CIS, CdTe and a-Si
  • penetration of the PV market by thin films
  • status and perspectives and potentials
  • CIS technology of Wurth Solar

Speaker Biography (Bernhard Dimmler)

1977-1983 Electro-Physics at University of Stuttgart
1983-1992: R&D work at University of Stuttgart on thin films for photovoltaic cells, in detail work on CIS and related compound materials.
1992-1998: Head of Department R&D on PV materials, in special development of production technology for CIS solar modules.
Since 1999: Member of the Managing Board of Wurth Solar GmbH and Co. KG, the first volume producer of CIS PV modules worldwide, and responsible for Technology, Research and Development.
Since 2007: CEO of Wurth Elektronik Research GmbH, the R&D partner of Wurth Solar.
Member of Steering Committee of the EU PV Technology Platform, active member of the working group "technology" and responsible for the thin film part of the Strategic Research Agenda.

Company Profile (Würth Solar GmbH & Co. KG)

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Würth Solar, a Würth Group company, is a complete provider of photovoltaic systems based on CIS technology. Würth Solar was the first company worldwide to begin large-scale production of CIS solar modules in the fall of 2006 from its specially-built CISfab solar factory in Schwäbisch Hall. CIS stands for the chemical compound comprising copper, indium and selenide (CuInSe2). From development and production of GeneCIS solar modules, customer-specific consultation, financing and system planning of the solar system, through to its installation and support from certified service partners, Würth Solar offers its customers everything from a single source. Würth Solar currently employs a staff of around 200.
Würth Solar, the innovation leader in CIS technology for photovoltaic power generation, has doubled production capacity for solar modules in its CISfab in Schwäbisch Hall from 15 MW to 30 MW in 2008. Around 350,000 modules per year are being produced actually in Schwäbisch Hall.
By expanding the CISfab, Würth Solar is responding to the enormous interest in CIS modules. The high demand exists above all in Germany, but also increasingly in other countries such as Spain and Italy. There solar energy is promoted according to the German Renewable Energies Law (EEG) model, which has a positive impact on the market.
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