last updated 21/06/2019


Focus of this SBO project "PhyCIGS" is on:

  • Understanding the physics of a Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) stack, more specifically the electro-optical properties
  • Only studying CIGS and Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) layers

Objectives of the project:

  • Develop a baseline process for a CIGS solar cell stack to provide the SBO projects "absCIGS" and "weTCOat" with feedback about the performance
  • Build technological understanding, to allow an investment in cell integration capability: this should provide feedback to the ICON project "CIGStack"

Challenges are:

  • Study and understand the interactions between the different layers and annealing conditions on the basis of printing technology for CIGS and TCO layers
  • Development of working cells to provide SBO projects "absCIGS" and "weTCOat" with feedback
  • Unravel the link between material synthesis, ink/paste formulations and post deposition treatment as to obtain the maximal efficient CIGS module and to understand the up scaling issues.


Research Program overview

Solution based processing for printed functionalities
Vertical Program
Started: 01/10/2010
Program manager: Guido Desie (Agfa)