Solexant switches to CIGS solar PV, rebrands as Siva Power

Siva plans to produce large-format CIGS PV modules
Siva plans to produce large-format CIGS PV modules

Solexant Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) has cancelled plans to build a cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) production line in the U.S. state of Oregon, and will instead focus on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) technology.

The company notes that it had researched several options, and that CIGS is the only viable route to achieving its goal of PV production at under USD 0.40 per watt. Additionally, Solexant has changed its name to Siva Power, and has launched a new website.

“Unlike silicon photovoltaics (PV), our new approach provides a pathway to building the solar industry's 'factory of the future' with gigawatt production capacity, and the world's lowest cost in solar,” said Siva Power CEO Brad Mattson. “Two years of data-driven research and analysis has led us to pursue a co-evaporated CIGS via monolithic integration on glass technology.”


Preparations to build 300 MW CIGS production line

Siva Power has completed its research and development phase, and is currently raising money to build its first 300 MW production line. The company has additionally appointed CIGS technologist Dr. Markus Beck as chief technology officer, and appointed Dr. Roummel Noufi and Dr. John Brenner to its advisory board.

“It has been frustrating to see CIGS technology breaking efficiency records for many years, but not see that technical success translate into success in the commercial arena,” said Dr. Noufi. “In Siva Power I see the technology, the team, and the technical and business leadership to bring CIGS to the scale it deserves.”

Siva Power plans to produce two square meter glass modules, which can serve as a drop-in replacement for microcrystalline silicon PV.


2013-11-22 | Courtesy: Siva Power | © Heindl Server GmbH

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