1st public Sharc25 project workshop was held on December 14, 2017 at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany

ZSW, with the support of all project partners, organized and conducted a workshop with 70 international attendees from the thin-film community on December 14, 2017 at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany. Guests came from 13 European countries and 23 research institutes, universities, and companies for this full-day event. New results from Sharc25 project and progress in CIGS technology were provided during oral and visual presentations to the interested experts. In addition, two external guest speakers (not partners of the Sharc25 consortium) and fruitful discussions between Sharc25 partners and scientist from the thin-film community brought the event to the next level. The 2nd Sharc25 workshop, which will be organized by Empa in fall 2018, was already promoted.



Announcement: 1st Sharc25 workshop in Stuttgart (Germany) on December 14, 2017

We are pleased to announce the 1st Sharc25 project workshop with focus on “Advanced Characterization Techniques and Analytics” which will be held in Stuttgart (Germany) on December 14, 2017. This full-day event offers the opportunity to discuss with experts from the project consortium and with external speakers on analytic topics concerning the CIGS absorber, interfaces, device characterization and beyond.

During the project period of 3.5 years two workshops are planned which will be organized by ZSW, Empa, and the consortium.

Please save the date December 14, 2017 for this interesting event. An invitation with agenda and more detailed information about the meeting (location and registration) will be available by the end of October 2017.

ZSW’s partners in this endeavor are


the EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), the universities of Luxembourg (LU), Rouen (F), Parma (I) and Aalto (FIN), the IMEC (Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum VZW in B), the HZB (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie in D), the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL (P), Flisom AG (CH), and Manz CIGS Technology GmbH (D). The idea behind this EU project is to pool these eleven organizations’ multidisciplinary skills in a bid to develop better cells.


A new opportunity for European cell manufacturers


The performance of thin-film solar cells based on chalcopyrite has improved markedly in recent years. Able to achieve 20.4 percent efficiency, CIGS solar cells on plastic foil are almost on par with multicrystalline solar cells. CIGS cells on glass topped that mark for the first time in 2013 and increased their lead by 1.3 percentage points to 21.7 percent in 2014. These two world records were achieved by two partners of the Sharc25 project: EMPA holds the record for the foil substrate and ZSW for glass.