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December 2012 – Solliance Day: strong program, more participants than ever and the spectacular opening of the new Solliance CIGS line at TNO

Eindhoven, 17 December - On Friday 14 December 2012 more than 130 visitors from industry, research institutes and government experienced the strong progress of Solliance. Speakers from Solliance, Industry, academic world and government presented new records on Organic PV,  Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) PV and Thin Film Silicon (Si) PV and also the economic opportunities for the PV sector in the region were covered with a focus on international cooperation. One of the Highlights of the day was the spectacular opening of the innovative industrial Solliance CIGS line by Wiro Zijlmans (CEO of Smit Ovens and chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board of Solliance).


The importance of PV

Photovoltaic solar energy is one of the major candidates to supplement or replace fossil fuel energy technologies, showing spectacular  developments. The 2010 Word-wide installed capacity of 40 Gigawatt-peak (GWp) increased to 67 GWp in 2011 and is projected to be capable to deliver 50 percent of global electricity production in 2100. Thin film solar cells distinguish themselves from the commonly used crystalline Si Solar cells by being thin, flexible, affordable and sustainable and can be integrated in all kinds of applications like, for example, building elements. According to expectations the market share of thin film technologies will reach 30 percent in 2020. Solliance – a cross-border research and development (R&D) cluster initiated by ECN, Imec, Holst Centre, TNO, TU Eindhoven and Forschungszentrum Jülich has the ambition, in close cooperation with industry, to turn the Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen triangle (ELAT region) into a world player in thin film PV.

The new innovative Solliance CIGS line

CIGS has a relative high efficiency and is for that reason a promising technology. The express aim of the new Solliance CIGS facility is to provide infrastructure for R&D programs

and services to help the regional thin film PV industry to become a global player. The contributions by Solliance include thin film deposition techniques, sheet-to-sheet processing, roll-to-roll (R2R) processing, transparent conductive layers, testing, characterization and monitoring, laser technologies, new device development, and now also a unique CIGS demonstrator facility. Kuypers (Solliance program leader CIGS): “This new Solliance CIGS facility at TNO is an open facility that will enable equipment manufacturers to test their own systems and processes and to develop equipment for cost-efficient production. In other words: to make better products at lower cost. Making a solar cell requires many production stages. In this area we are a world player.”

About Solliance:
Solliance is a partnership of R&D organizations working in photovoltaic solar energy in the ELAT region (Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen). In order to strengthen the region’s position as a world player in PV, Solliance is creating the required synergy by consolidating and coordinating the activities of industry, research institutes and universities. Solliance partners are: ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich. Solliance is supported by the Dutch province of North Brabant, which has dedicated € 28 million to Solliance. This will fund a large shared laboratory in Eindhoven with the newest equipment, complementing the partner’s labs which are also available to the other partners. In order to make optimal use of these lab facilities, they are open to valorization programs in joint R&D with industry and institutes around the world.

See: www.solliance.eu

Contact: Solliance: Hein Willems, Director, T: +31 6 22 52 00 99,

e-mail: willems@solliance.eu

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