Würth Solar GmbH & Co. (GERMANY)

WS was founded in 1999 with the aim to transfer thin film solar module technology based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIS) into mass production, to produce CIS thin film modules and to sell them on the international market. The technology taken over by WS was originally developed at the University of Stuttgart and in 1992 transferred to the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW Stuttgart). Since the foundation of WS the main research partner is still the ZSW. After the successful piloting phase up to the year 2005 WS constructed and ramped up the first large scale thin film production based on CIS technology worldwide in 2006 and is actually operating the production line at a capacity of 15 MWp/a. By spring 2008 this capacity is now doubled to 30 MWp/a.
Wurth Electronic Research GmbH (WERes) was founded in May 2007 as exclusive R&D partner of Wurth Solar GmbH & Co. KG (WS). All former R&D activities of WS have been transformed and concentrated in this newly formed company. Both companies are part of the Wurth Elektronik Group being part of the Wurth Group. 

Role in the project:

WS will deliver relevant samples and modules out of the WS product family for various laser application tests of partners. Further there will be an informal participation in different WPs to specify the needs for production processes and to assess results with regard to their industrial relevance, compatibility and scalability.

Key personal to be involved in the project activity includes:

Bernhard Dimmler, CEO of Wurth Elektronik Research GmbH and Member of the Managing Board of Wurth Solar GmbH & Co. KG, will be the key person in this EU project. He has about 25 years experience in development of CIS modules and was leading the CIS group at ZSW until he joined Wurth Solar in the beginning of 1999. He is a member of the steering committee of the European PV Technology platform and is responsible for the thin film technology and has multiple experiences in national and European R&D projects.

Marco Cemernjak, physicist, will be responsible for the scientific work in this project, has about 15 years experience especially in CIS thin film module technology and changed in 2006 to Wurth Elektronik Research GmbH.