Founded in 2004 and based in Järfälla, Midsummer is a leading supplier of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of high efficiency, flexible CIGS thin-film solar cells and is the only supplier to deliver turnkey systems for manufacturing of flexible solar cells, combined with an in-house proprietary CIGS process. They have a leading position in the market by focusing the customer needs by setting up a factory, give the know-how and technology needed in order to create an efficient manufacturing process. This technology allows their customers to manufacture customised lightweight flexible solar panels, which can be attached to any type of surface, therefore contributing to the CIGS flexible solar modules popularity.
For ARCIGS-M project, Midsummer AB will integrate the to-be-developed insulated steel substrates, back surface passivation and reflective back into its CIGS thin-film solar cell process. Another crucial objective will be the optimisation of processes which will boost the performance of the solar cells and also make it possible to utilise a thinner absorber layer to absorb the sunlight. This collaboration is important in order to increase the throughput of Midsummer’s DUO tool by increasing the cell efficiency and shortening the processing time needed to make the solar cells. This two-fold improvement can increase the yearly output of a DUO tool from 5MWp/year to over 10 MWp/year. By this improvement, a DUO tool will be even more competitive in the market for turn-key lines for solar cell production.
The bright minds from Midsummer AB to participate in ARCIGS-M will be Dr Esko Niemi, PhD at Royal Institute of Technology on CIGS thin film solar cells, MSc Patrice Bras, who has a master's degree in physics engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) of Toulouse in France and MSc Klara Takei, who has a MSc in Materials Design and Engineering with the focus on sustainable energy.
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