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With the millions of VC dollars being poured into copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar companies (including HelioVolt, Nanosolar, Miasole, and SoloPower) it’s getting time to prove that they can start producing this stuff. The market might not be slowing its rush of VC cash as fast as we had expected, but when it comes to taking the technology from prototype to plant production, we’ve seen manufacturing delays up the wazoo.
Woodbury, N.Y.-based Veeco Instruments (VECO) thinks it can help speed up the process a bit. They’re touting a technology dubbed “PV-Series Thermal Deposition Sources,” that supposedly helps CIGS thin film manufactures turn their product from pilot to full-scale solar production at faster speeds.
We’re not sure how effective the technology is, but the company, which makes various semiconductor and data storage manufacturing gear, reported a loss of $2.6 million in its most recent quarter. Solar is the buzz market of the year, maybe it can help boost Veeco’s bottom line.