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Sunflare shows flexible CIGS at CES

Mass produced panels can be stuck onto walls and roofs with tape

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Los Angeles start-up Sunflare is showing its thin-film flexible CIGS solar panels.

Sunflare has worked for six years developing its patented manufacturing process - a cell-by-cell approach called Capture 4 - which it says allows it to efficiently mass-produce the CIGS technology.

The panels are a few micrometers thick and can be secured to any surface  - vertical, horizontal, even curved   - with special double-sided tape. They are 65 percent lighter than silicon modules, allowing an entire roof to be covered without load-bearing concerns, according to the company. 

Sunflare says that nearly any surface can be transformed into an energy-gathering and power-generating plant using this technology, capturing 10 percent more energy from dawn to dusk at a comparable cost to crystalline silicon.

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