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TSMC Solar takes on CIGS & CdTe expert Noufi

The Taiwanese subsidiary has taken on US NREL veteran to push its CIGS development
TSMC Solar has engaged Rommel Noufi in a long-term consulting capacity, to augment its CIGS R&D program.

Noufi is a 33-year veteran of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he was Principal Scientist and lead the team driving CIGS and CdTe cell research. He has authored over 190 publications and has eight patents.

TSMC Solar has a track record of R&D achievement, having produced a TUV-SUD verified, 15.7 percent efficient module with production equipment on its production line in mid-2013. The company is currently expanding its capacity from 40MW to reach 120MW in Q4 of this year.

Commenting on the decision to engage Noufi, TSMC Solar President Ying-Chen Chao says, "Dr. Noufi played a key role in the development of CIGS as a leading photovoltaic material. The addition of his deep CIGS experience to our R&D effort puts us on solid footing to maintain our rapid improvement of module efficiency over the next several years."

Noufi sees great potential for CIGS efficiency improvements, "CIGS efficiencies in the lab have reached 20.9 percent, with a clear path to achieving 23 percent. With its strong R&D, manufacturing and equipment engineering skill set TSMC Solar is uniquely equipped to develop this potential and bring it into production."

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