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US solar firm to provide PV solar tech to China

Ascent Solar Technologies will supply CIGS technology to Foxconn’s new factory in China

Ascent Solar’s CIGS PV technology can be “seamlessly integrated” into the factory structure

A US firm has been commissioned to provide thin-film PV modules to power a new factory in Henan Province of China, it emerged this week.

Colorado firm Ascent Solar Technologies will supply building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar modules, made of copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS), to Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturing firm Foxconn's new factory in Zhenzhou City as part of a pilot project.

Ascent's flexible and lightweight modules can be “seamlessly integrated” into the building structure in ways traditional glass-back PV technology cannot, according to the US company. 

The modules will provide cost-effective, high-performance solar power while using Ascent's CIGS technology that delivers the “highest power density available on thin-film plastic substrates”, said the company.

“We are honored to be selected by Foxconn to provide our lightweight, durable, flexible thin-film solar modules in this new factory,” said Victor Lee, Ascent Solar's president and CEO.

“We plan to demonstrate the value of our technology and we hope to build a long term relationship with Foxconn,” he added.

Earlier this year Ascent Solar Technologies and Chinese construction group TFG Radiant signed the deal to grow rooftop CIGS PV technology, which included the development of manufacturing facilities in East Asia.