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Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives funding from Mistra for development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles

12 April 2016

[Stockholm, Sweden, April 12, 2016.] Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received funding from Mistra for the development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles. The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee ultra-light electric vehicle composite roof.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra, is funding Midsummer’s development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles. The project aims to research and evaluate the integration of thin-film solar panels for urban transports using ultra-light vehicles. The integrated solar panels will be a part in developing superefficient electrical vehicles for the future needs of urban transports.

Clean Motion has developed the ultra-light electric vehicle Zbee with the goal to create a vehicle using little resources, both at production and usage, without compromising safety or design. Solar panels would give the possibility to use solar energy to recharge the vehicle's battery, which would increase the possible driving distance before need of conventional battery charge.

“The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee’s composite roof. In this context, using solar panels is the only way towards making a vehicle energy autonomic”, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “Midsummer solar panels are flexible both by being bendable and possible to manufacture in different size and voltage configurations. Also, the CIGS cells on thin stainless steel substrates together with the plastic material layers give resistant lightweight modules”.

Solar energy increases mileage by ten per cent

Clean Motion and Midsummer have worked together to provide ZBee with solar cells that charge the battery. Standard 6" solar cells in a solar panel shaped like a "W" allowed mounting onto the double-curved roof. The tests conducted in Sweden showed that solar energy increased the mileage with 5 km/day, which is 10 per cent increase. On the southern latitudes and with optimized PV area and electronics, mileage would increase further and some users would thus not even need conventional battery charging.

Development will continue to improve integration and performance, since the initial Zbee project demonstrates that solar cells have the potential to replace conventional battery charging as well as that Midsummer solar panels are well suitable to be customized for different applications. 

Midsummer is a leading global provider of turnkey production lines for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) solar cells. Midsummer has developed a rapid process for the production of these solar cells using sputtering of all layers of the solar cell. This allows for scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film solar cells. Midsummer's customers are manufacturers of thin-film solar cells worldwide.

For photos of thin film CIGS solar cells and the Midsummer manufacturing equipment, please go to http://www.midsummer.se/pressmediagallery.html or contact Mr. Lindström.

For additional information please contact: 

Sven Lindström

CEO, Midsummer

Email: sven.lindstrom@midsummer.se

Phone: +46-8-525 09 610

About Midsummer

Midsummer is a leading supplier of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of CIGS thin film flexible solar cells. Midsummer’s turnkey manufacturing lines have a small footprint, are perfectly scalable and allow for small-scale production of solar cells and modules.

Midsummer’s customers are thin film solar cell manufacturers all over the world. CIGS flexible solar modules are growing in popularity thanks to their low weight, flexibility and durability. Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

Founded in 2004 by people with a background from the optical disc manufacturing equipment and the photo mask industry, Midsummer has its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. Midsummer was the fastest growing green tech company in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in 2007-2011 (according to Deloitte).

About CIGS thin film solar cells

CIGS stands for copper-indium-gallium-selenium, a metal alloy that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect (PV). The CIGS absorber is deposited on a stainless steel substrate, along with electrodes on the front to collect current. The cells are then connected in series and covered by a protective layer of plastic to form a flexible solar module. 

Since a stainless steel substrate is used, the modules can be made without glass. The CIGS solar modules are therefore much lighter, flexible and can be made frameless, to suit applications where traditional silicon solar cells cannot be used, e.g. on structures that are uneven, moving or weak.

CIGS solar cells are manufactured by sputtering the material onto 156x156 mm stainless steel substrates. The solar cells from Midsummer are free of cadmium, a toxic material usually used in CIGS and other thin film solar cells. Flexible CIGS solar modules are gaining market share thanks to its high efficiency, low weight, flexibility and durability.

Flexible solar panels from Midsummer covers the logos of the “world’s best sports arena”

2 December 2015

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Flexible solar panels from Midsummer covers the logos of the “world’s best sports arena”

[Stockholm, Sweden, December 2, 2015.] Swedish Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has supplied flexible and lightweight thin film solar panels to cover the two Tele2 logos on the modern multi-venue Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Fasadglas AB’s subsidiary FG Light Energy AB was the general contractor and completed the installation of the solar panels.

Midsummer is the leading provider of turnkey equipment for the manufacturing of high-efficiency lightweight and flexible solar panels. Midsummer recently received a prestigious order to develop flexible and lightweight CIGS thin film solar cells for one of Sweden’s biggest sports and concert arenas, the new Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tele2 Arena is one of the world's most modern multi-venues, with free Wi-Fi, 600 digital screens, Stadium Vision technology, retractable roof, transparent façade and only six meters from the front row to the sidelines. The venue is a multi-purpose stadium in Stockholm, mostly used for concerts and football matches. The arena has a capacity of up to 33,000 spectators for football matches and 45,000 for concerts.  The arena was inaugurated in late 2013. Tele2 Arena won the "Best Venue” award in 2014 in the worldwide competition The Stadium Business Awards.

Midsummer’s solar cells cover the two Tele2 logos on the roof of the arena. The solar cells were installed by FG Light Energy AB, a subsidiary to Fasadglas AB, one of Sweden oldest companies in the glass and metalwork industry, founded in 1913.

“I am glad that our advanced state-of-the-art flexible and lightweight thin film solar cells were considered the best choice for this prestigious arena project”, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB. “This is yet another good demonstrator that our equipment can produce unique products with a high value for the end customer. The type of membrane roofs normally used on arenas cannot take the load of traditional Si-panels, but the light weight flexible panels made by Midsummer’s equipment can easily be integrated without damaging the membrane”.

Since a stainless steel substrate is used, the modules can be made without glass. The CIGS solar modules are therefore much lighter, flexible and can be made frameless, to suit applications where traditional silicon solar cells cannot be used, e.g. on structures that are uneven, moving or weak.

CIGS solar cells are manufactured by sputtering the material onto 156x156 mm stainless steel substrates. The solar cells from Midsummer are free of cadmium, a toxic material usually used in CIGS and other thin film solar cells. Flexible CIGS solar modules are gaining market share thanks to its high efficiency, low weight, flexibility and durability. Midsummer’s CIGS solar cells are manufactured in the Midsummer DUO machine. DUO is a compact, fully automatic deposition system for CIGS solar cell manufacturing. It’s designed for high throughput, operational stability, optimized layer uniformity and superior material utilization.

For photos, please go to The Media Gallery

For additional information please contact:

Sven Lindström
CEO, Midsummer
Email:
Phone: +46-8-525 09 610

About Midsummer
Midsummer is a leading supplier of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of CIGS thin film flexible solar cells. Midsummer’s turnkey manufacturing lines have a small footprint, are perfectly scalable and allow for small-scale production of solar cells and modules.

Midsummer’s customers are thin film solar cell manufacturers all over the world. CIGS flexible solar modules are growing in popularity thanks to their low weight, flexibility and durability. Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

Founded in 2004 by people with a background from the optical disc manufacturing equipment and the photo mask industry, Midsummer has its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. Midsummer was the fastest growing green tech company in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in 2007-2011 (according to Deloitte).

About CIGS thin film solar cells
CIGS stands for copper-indium-gallium-selenium, a metal alloy that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect (PV). The CIGS absorber is deposited on a stainless steel substrate, along with electrodes on the front to collect current. The cells are then connected in series and covered by a protective layer of plastic to form a flexible solar module.

Since a stainless steel substrate is used, the modules can be made without glass. The CIGS solar modules are therefore much lighter, flexible and can be made frameless, to suit applications where traditional silicon solar cells cannot be used, e.g. on structures that are uneven, moving or weak.

CIGS solar cells are manufactured by sputtering the material onto 156x156 mm stainless steel substrates. The solar cells from Midsummer are free of cadmium, a toxic material usually used in CIGS and other thin film solar cells. Flexible CIGS solar modules are gaining market share thanks to its high efficiency, low weight, flexibility and durability.

 

Midsummer granted a loan of 10 MSEK from Almi for continued development of thin film solar cell production equipment

25 August 2015

[Stockholm, Sweden, August 25, 2015.] The Swedish solar energy company Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective production of flexible thin film solar cells, receives a loan of 10 million SEK from the regional development agency Almi Företagspartner Stockholm Sörmland AB. The loan is meant to support Midsummer's focus on production and sales of the DUO machines used for the production of flexible thin film solar cells.

Midsummer is a leading supplier of equipment for cost-effective production of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells. Midsummer’s turnkey production lines are compact, fully scalable and enable small-scale production of solar cells and modules.

Swedish regional development agency Almi Företagspartner AB has now decided to grant Midsummer a loan of 10 million SEK, part of which is guaranteed by the European Investment Fund, EIF. The purpose of the investment loan is to provide Midsummer with increased resources for research and development of machinery for the production of thin film solar cells, known as DUO machines.

“Our loan intends to provide opportunity for innovative companies to develop innovations and business ideas that provide growth and profitability,” said Fredrik Larsson, Financial Advisor, Almi Företagspartner Stockholm Sörmland AB.

“We sold a DUO system this spring to a foreign multinational company, which is yet another proof of the market potential for our system”, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “The DUO is a compact, fully automated system for production of CIGS solar cells. It is designed for high productivity, operational stability and superior material utilization”.

Midsummer's customers are manufacturers of flexible thin film solar cells worldwide. An increasing number of companies see the benefits of the technology as it can be easily integrated in buildings (BIPV) – a rapidly growing segment.

Fredrik Larsson continued: “Through the funding we hope to provide Midsummer with the opportunity to develop and pursue its commercialization. It is hoped that Midsummer can become a model for other Swedish environmental technology companies. It will be interesting to follow the company on its journey”.

Midsummer is one of Sweden's most high-profile technology companies and has, among others, been named as one of Sweden's hottest incubator companies (Almi). Midsummer has been named as one of Sweden's hottest technology companies and also been repeatedly featured on the list of the nation's fastest growing technology companies. Midsummer was the fastest growing cleantech company in the EMEA region in 2007-2011 (Deloitte, Fast 500).

Almi Företagspartner AB's vision is to create possibilities for all viable ideas and businesses to develop. Almi provides counseling, debt and equity in the enterprise all phases - from ideas to successful businesses. Almi Företagspartner AB is owned by the state.

The European Investment Fund, EIF supports the growth and development of small and medium enterprises. EIF's founder members are the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Commission and private European financial institutions.

For photos of thin film CIGS solar cells and the Midsummer manufacturing equipment, please go to the media gallery or contact Mr Lindström.

For additional information please contact:

Sven Lindström
CEO, Midsummer
Phone: +46-8-525 09 610
Email: sven.lindstrom@midsummer.se

About Midsummer
Midsummer is a leading supplier of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of CIGS thin film flexible solar cells. Midsummer’s turnkey manufacturing lines have a small footprint, are perfectly scalable and allow for small-scale production of solar cells and modules.

Midsummer’s customers are thin film solar cell manufacturers all over the world. CIGS flexible solar modules are growing in popularity thanks to their low weight, flexibility and durability. Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

Founded in 2004 by people with a background from the optical disc manufacturing equipment and the photo mask industry, Midsummer has its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. Midsummer was the fastest growing green tech company in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in 2007-2011 (according to Deloitte).

About CIGS thin film solar cells
CIGS stands for copper-indium-gallium-selenium, a metal alloy that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect (PV). The CIGS absorber is deposited on a stainless steel substrate, along with electrodes on the front to collect current. The cells are then connected in series and covered by a protective layer of plastic to form a flexible solar module.

Since a stainless steel substrate is used, the modules can be made without glass. The CIGS solar modules are therefore much lighter, flexible and can be made frameless, to suit applications where traditional silicon solar cells cannot be used, e.g. on structures that are uneven, moving or weak.

CIGS solar cells are manufactured by sputtering the material onto 156x156 mm stainless steel substrates. The solar cells from Midsummer are free of cadmium, a toxic material usually used in CIGS and other thin film solar cells. Flexible CIGS solar modules are gaining market share thanks to its high efficiency, low weight, flexibility and durability.

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives multi million USD order for a DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system,

10 April 2015

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives multi million USD order for a DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system


[Stockholm, Sweden, April 10, 2015.] 
Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received an order for its compact DUO solar cell manufacturing system to an undisclosed customer. 

Midsummer has recently signed a multi million USD order for its DUO system from an undisclosed multinational corporation. The potential client placed the order after visiting Midsummer in Sweden and after thorough and successful testing of the machine, which will be delivered to the client in October 2015. 

The Midsummer DUO is a compact, fully automatic deposition system for CIGS solar cell manufacturing. It’s designed for high throughput, operational stability, optimized layer uniformity and superior material utilization. 

“We have again shown that we are the leading provider of turnkey production lines of flexible thin film CIGS”, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “Our focus on lightweight flexible modules appeals to the market, as well as our use of sputtering for all layers, and that the production process is an all-dry, all vacuum process.” 

Midsummer is a leading global provider of turnkey production lines for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) solar cells. Midsummer has developed a rapid process for the production of these solar cells using sputtering of all layers of the solar cell. This allows for scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film solar cells. Midsummer's customers are manufacturers of thin-film solar cells worldwide. 

“Fewer large scale solar energy parks are being built in Europe and the global solar cell market is facing a paradigm shift. Focus is shifting to installations on large buildings in cities. Lightweight and flexible thin film solar cells are ideal for this market. It is economically and environmentally more beneficial to use solar energy locally, where it is produced”, Sven Lindström concluded. 

 Midsummer has been named as one of Sweden's hottest technology companies and also been repeatedly featured on the list of the nation's fastest growing technology companies. Midsummer was the fastest growing cleantech company in the EMEA region in 2007-2011 (Deloitte, Fast 500). 

For photos of thin film CIGS solar cells and the Midsummer manufacturing equipment, please go to the media gallery or contact Mr. Lindström. 

For additional information please contact: 

Sven Lindström
CEO, Midsummer
Email: Phone: +46-8-525 09 610 

About Midsummer 
Midsummer is a leading supplier of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of CIGS thin film flexible solar cells. Midsummer’s turnkey manufacturing lines have a small footprint, are perfectly scalable and allow for small-scale production of solar cells and modules. 

Midsummer’s customers are thin film solar cell manufacturers all over the world. CIGS flexible solar modules are growing in popularity thanks to their low weight, flexibility and durability. Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules. 

Founded in 2004 by people with a background from the optical disc manufacturing equipment and the photo mask industry, Midsummer has its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. Midsummer was the fastest growing green tech company in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in 2007-2011 (according to Deloitte). 

About CIGS thin film solar cells 
CIGS stands for copper-indium-gallium-selenium, a metal alloy that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect (PV). The CIGS absorber is deposited on a stainless steel substrate, along with electrodes on the front to collect current. The cells are then connected in series and covered by a protective layer of plastic to form a flexible solar module. Since a stainless steel substrate is used, the modules can be made without glass. The CIGS solar modules are therefore much lighter, flexible and can be made frameless, to suit applications where traditional silicon solar cells cannot be used, e.g. on structures that are uneven, moving or weak. CIGS solar cells are manufactured by sputtering the material onto 156x156 mm stainless steel substrates. The solar cells from Midsummer are free of cadmium, a toxic material usually used in CIGS and other thin film solar cells. Flexible CIGS solar modules are gaining market share thanks to its high efficiency, low weight, flexibility and durability.