Equipment for the Production of Flexible Solar Panels Has Been Delivered to the Mordovian Nano Center

17 February 2021

Solartek’s construction of Russia’s first flexible solar cell plant for power generation is entering a new phase—the installation of equipment. A key unit of Midsummer’s production line has been delivered to Saransk to the site at the Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Center of the Republic of Mordovia of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP).

Equipment for the Production of Flexible Solar Panels

Equipment for the Production of Flexible Solar Panels

Solartek of the TechnoSpark Group, Mordovia’s NanoCenter, and Sweden Midsummer agreed to localize production of thin-film photovoltaics in Russia at the end of 2019. The products will be launched on the Russian market under the SteelSun brand. The flexible solar panels will use one of the world’s two most common technologies, CIGS (based on gallium-indium-copper diselenide). The solar cells are designed to be integrated into the roofing materials and façades of buildings. The design capacity of the plant will be 10 MW per year. The first phase of production is scheduled to start at the end of 2021.

“For testing purposes, the new plant produced around a thousand cells, confirming the stated performance of the equipment and the efficiency of the solar cells, which was the planned 15%,” said Dmitry Krakhin, Project Manager.

Solartek is developing industrial technology to integrate flexible solar modules into roofs and windows to simplify and increase the efficiency of the on-site solar power plants. The company’s products are technologies for integrating flexible modules into the rolled roofing material, roof tiles, sheet metal, and windows and façade panels. A plant in Saransk will start its own production of flexible solar cells. As part of its research activities, Solartek’s R&D center will undertake a deep upgrade of the Swedish photovoltaic technology to improve its efficiency and reduce the cost of the end product.

Midsummer is a Swedish company, a technology leader in solar energy, one of the world’s leading developers and suppliers of advanced integrated solutions in the field of flexible solar cells. The Midsummer flexible solar cell manufacturing process ensures minimal carbon emissions compared to other solar module manufacturing technologies, as confirmed by a life cycle analysis conducted by independent experts. The SteelSun plant is expected to become a supplier of lightweight flexible PV cells, modules, and end products not only in our country, but also abroad, including with the support of Midsummer, which has declared an interest in distributing solar modules made in Russia.

Flexible photovoltaics, including those integrated into the structural elements of buildings and structures, are a fast-growing market throughout the world. It will increase from $6.2 bln in 2019 to nearly $10.0 bln in 2024. The average annual revenue growth rate in the thin-film solar cell segment will be 9.8%. Such estimates are contained in a report by Energias Market Research.

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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).

For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru

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The Republic of Mordovia Centre for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials is a member of the investment network established by the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which is engaged in establishing and then selling of production start-ups in material-based industries. The network-based approach to the organization of nanocentres makes it possible to concentrate developments and infrastructure in the single most appropriate location, so that it can be accessed a number of the region’s ecosystems simultaneously. It specializes mainly in such areas as power electronics, lighting technology, instrument engineering and nanotechnology products for the construction industry.

For more information about the company, visit cnnrm.ru.

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Solartek is a joint company of a network of nanocenters (Technospark, SIGMA.Novosibirsk, ULNANOTECH, North-West Technology Transfer Center, Dubna nanocenter, and Center for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials of the Republic of Mordovia) and an industrial partner of Solliance in Russia. The company's headquarters is located in the Tekhnospark nanocenter (Troitsk). Solartek operates as a business incubator and intellectual property center in photovoltaics, creating various production niches: from small-scale photovoltaic production to companies developing the BIPV products. As part of Solliance research activities in perovskite photovoltaic technology and photovoltaic technology based on copper-indium-gallium diselenide (CIGS), Solartek develops and supplies samples of the modern photovoltaic materials (conductive films based on carbon nanotubes) for testing aimed at reducing the cost of photovoltaic products.