Moser Baer Gets Indian Government Grant to Develop
CIGS Thin-Film PV
Nov 15, 2010 - Tom Cheyney - PV-tech.org
Another solar PV company has joined the growing
ranks of players attempting to bring CIGS thin film
to market. India's Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy has awarded a grant to Moser Baer India to
engage in the developmental activity of copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide
cells. MBI will conduct the development work from
its corporate R&D facility in Greater Noida,
Pradesh, with the efforts focused on developing a
differentiated, indigenous, commercially viable CIGS
The monetary value of the grant or other details
about the program have not disclosed.
"Using leading-edge technologies and high-volume
manufacturing, Moser Baer India has consistently
delivered world-class, high-quality products at an
affordable price to the market," said MBI Group
CTO G. Rajeswaran. "Through Moser Baer Solar,
a subsidiary of MBI, we have a wealth of experience
in crystalline silicon, thin-film silicon, and concentrator
PV and PV systems businesses.
"This project supported by MNRE will utilize
the core competencies of the Moser Baer Group and
its vast resources to deliver high-efficiency CIGS
solar cells, a promising next frontier in affordable
thin-film PV technologies. Our aim is to address
the gap between large-scale efficiencies (11-14%)
and lab-level efficiencies (19-20%) of CIGS technology.
"We have a team of competent scientists in
India and have provided them world-class facilities
to compete with the best in the world. The support
of MNRE through this grant in fostering industrial
R&D in India is a great step forward."
"Through our new innovative process, we are
working to develop the CIGS solar cells similar to
the size of a typical crystalline silicon solar cell
and thus avoiding the scale-up issues," he continued. "We
plan to achieve cells with efficiencies of [at least]
15%, along with benchmark yield. Our initial estimate
suggests that it is possible to achieve module price
of less than $1/Wp.
"Very few companies have been successful in
the commercialization of CIGS technology due to the
problems in scaling up and maintaining yield. This
indicates that there is lot of room for innovation
to develop a stable production process for this technology.
Achieving these targets would place Moser Baer in
a very unique position in the market," Rajeswaran