As Panchabuta had reported a month ago, Moser Baer Solar had received a grant by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the development of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells.
Moser Baer India (MBI) plans to conduct the development work from its corporate R&D facility at Greater Noida. The company says it is working to develop the CIGS solar cells similar to the size of a typical crystalline siliconsolar cell to avoid scale-up issues. The company says that its initial estimates suggest module prices below Rs.44.67 ($1)/W and the aim is to address the gap between large scale efficiencies (11-14 per cent) and lab level efficiencies (19-20 per cent) of CIGS technology.
According to this report, Ascent Solar Technologies Inc (ASTI.O) said it signed an agreement with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), India, to test the company’s solar modules and evaluate its economic feasibility.
Under the agreement, TERI will test Ascent’s copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) modules, which convert sunlight into electricity, to see if they can be used for TERI’s projects including “lighting a billion lives.”
TERI’s “lighting a billion lives” campaign seeks to replace kerosene and paraffin lanterns with solar devices.
Upon evaluation of technical and economical feasibility, TERI and Ascent Solar will decide on terms and conditions and the implementation model.
‘Lighting a Billion Lives’ (LaBL) is a initiative by TERI and the campaign aims to bring light into the lives of one billion rural people by replacing the kerosene and paraffin lanterns with solar lighting devices.The Campaign uses solar lanterns that have CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) as well as LEDs (light emitting diodes) for dual purposes. While CFL provides bright illumination for tasks such as studying and cooking; LEDs provide general low-level illumination during the whole night. The solar lantern, specially designed for the Campaign, lights up for 4-5 hours daily using CFL and another 6-7 hours using LEDs upon full charge of its battery.