Intel To Aid MiaSolé CIGS Ramp To 150MW
MiaSolé and Intel have entered into solar manufacturing consulting agreement which will enable MiaSolé to scale to high volume manufacturing in a cheaper, faster, and better way.
MiaSolé, a leading manufacturer of CIGS thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, has entered into an agreement with Intel's Technical Manufacturing Services practice.
Under this agreement, Intel will provide customised manufacturing services and systems, strategic consulting, operational knowledge and training to MiaSolé as the company ramps its manufacturing facilities in 2011 and 2012.
"The engagement is part of Intel's broader strategy to partner promising high tech innovation with Intel's world class manufacturing and Copy Exactly! methodology. This will enable companies like MiaSolé to scale to high volume manufacturing cheaper, faster, and better," commented Brian Krzanich, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Manufacturing and Supply Chain.
Manufacturing is central to MiaSolé's business; the company has increased its annualised production capacity to over 50 Megawatts (MW) in just over a year, and is on-track to triple capacity to over 150 MW by the end of 2011. However, the agreement with Intel, a world-leader in manufacturing with over 40 years of experience, will accelerate the production ramp with improved repeatability and consistency required for high-volume manufacturing. This will further reduce the overall cost of solar energy and broaden its worldwide adoption.
"We are thrilled to learn from Intel's manufacturing expertise. The best technology manufacturer on the planet is now teaching us what it means to be world-class. This contribution will strengthen our goals to achieve manufacturing scale at our California factory this year," said Joseph Laia, CEO of MiaSolé.