Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited announced that TÜV Rheinland, a German testing laboratory, has rated Hanergy’s Germany-based subsidiary Solibro’s double glass copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) solar module as the most efficient glass substrate CIGS module in the world, with a record 18.72% aperture area efficiency.
Hanergy Solibro CIGS technology can be applied across a variety of areas, with distributed power generation currently the main market. As the annual production and installation rates in this market continue to rise, and as the overall adoption of photovoltaic solutions accelerates, the future for CIGS modules promises to become even brighter.
In terms of distributed power generation, Solibro modules have already been deployed widely across the world. In August 2016, a 3MW thin-film solar project with Solibro modules was completed in Zoucheng Industrial Park, Shandong Province, providing grid-connected power generation over a total area of more than 30,000 square meters and generating over 4 million yuan of revenue throughout the year. Overseas, Solibro panels have been successfully applied to a variety of projects, such as a large sports stadium in Germany and residential solar systems in France.
Aside from distributed power generation, Solibro CIGS technology has been leveraged to undertake large scale poverty alleviation projects. For example, in 2017, the Zhaoqing Municipal Committee of CPPCC, Guangdong Province, built a 160-kilowatt photovoltaic poverty alleviation project in Duping, Fengkai County. Although the weather in Zhaoqing City is normally cloudy and rainy, the project still managed to achieve a generating capacity of more than 400 kW·h per day. Over the past two years, Hanergy has participated in the construction of nearly 40 photovoltaic poverty alleviation projects all across China, with a total installed capacity of more than 150 MW.
From distributed power generation to photovoltaic-based poverty alleviation efforts, Hanergy’s Solibro is leveraging the power of its cutting edge CIGS solar technology to provide the public with a steady stream of clean energy. The prospects for the future of this exciting market are nearly unlimited; with Hanergy’s experience developing distributed power generation projects, the company is well positioned to bring CIGS solar cells to a variety of applications.