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ZSW orders two Riber MBE systems


Multi-million euro research equipment order will be for producing CIGS thin-film solar cells

French semiconductor equipment firm Riber has announced an order for worth several million euros from a major European research centre, the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

ZSW is a research institute committed to research and development in the field of photovoltaics, renewable energy sources, battery and fuel cell technologies. ZSW covers the entire industrial value chain, from material research, prototype development and production processes to application systems.

In the field of thin film photovoltaics on the basis of CIGS , ZSW expects to boost efficiency of CIGS technologies to values above 25 percent, best efficiency obtained in a ZSW laboratory being 22.6 percent today.

The automatic platform that Riber will deliver consists of two clustered 4 inch MBE 412 systems. Combined with other deposition technologies, it will be used to produce these CIGS thin-film solar cells.

The order will be delivered in 2020.

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