Midsummer CIGS panels feature on award winning stadium
Swedish Midsummer, a provider of equipment for making flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has supplied flexible and lightweight thin film solar panels to cover the two Tele2 logos on the modern Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Fasadglas AB's subsidiary FG Light Energy AB was the general contractor and completed the installation of the solar panels.
Tele2 Arena is one of the world's most modern multi-venues, with free Wi-Fi, 600 digital screens, Stadium Vision technology, retractable roof, transparent façade and only six meters from the front row to the sidelines.
The venue is a multi-purpose stadium in Stockholm, mostly used for concerts and football matches. The arena has a capacity of up to 33,000 spectators for football matches and 45,000 for concerts. The arena was inaugurated in late 2013. Tele2 Arena won the "Best Venue" award in 2014 in the worldwide competition The Stadium Business Awards.
"I am glad that our advanced state-of-the-art flexible and lightweight thin film solar cells were considered the best choice for this prestigious arena project", said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB. "This is yet another good demonstrator that our equipment can produce unique products with a high value for the end customer. The type of membrane roofs normally used on arenas cannot take the load of traditional Si-panels, but the light weight flexible panels made by Midsummer's equipment can easily be integrated without damaging the membrane".
Since a stainless steel substrate is used, the modules can be made without glass. The CIGS solar modules are therefore much lighter, flexible and can be made frameless, to suit applications where traditional silicon solar cells cannot be used, e.g. on structures that are uneven, moving or weak.