Hanergy Mobile Energy is a multinational clean energy company as well as the world’s leading thin-film solar power company, committed to change the world by thin-film solar. The company is headquartered in Beijing and has a total of 15,000 employees. It has branches in provinces all over China as well as in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Africa and other regions. In the field of thin-film solar power, the company engages in the integration of the entire thin-film value chain, covering R&D, high-end equipment manufacturing, thin-film solar module production and construction of thin-film solar power plants. It has invested in the construction of thin-film solar R&D and manufacturing bases throughout China with a total production capacity of 3GW. In addition, Hanergy has entered into thin-film solar power plant construction agreements across the globe totaling a capacity of about 10GW.
Through global technical integration and independent innovation, Hanergy has become a world leader in thin-film solar technology. The maximum research conversion efficiency of its copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technology has reached 21%, as certified by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), and its gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology’s research conversion efficiency has reached 31.6% -- the world record for the highest conversion efficiency of thin-film solar technology, as certified by the U.S.’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Thin-film solar technology enables cutting-edge features such as flexibility, light weight, superior low light performance, and diversified color and shapes. These unique qualities make it adaptable to a wide range of applications, including Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), residential power, agricultural applications, automobile power, electronics, consumer and specialty products, as well as commercial unmanned aerial vehicles.
On August 13, 2014, Hanergy announced the acquisition of Alta Devices. Through this acquisition, Hanergy now holds the higher conversion rate for thin-film solar technology. Gallium arsenide (GaAs) highly-efficient flexible thin-film technology has taken yet another step to enhance Hanergy's technological lead, while consolidating Hanergy as the worldwide unchallenged technological leader of the solar photovoltaic industry. Alta Devices is the world's leading manufacturer of thin-film solar technology. It has produced the world's most efficient GaAs solar cells, with a conversion efficiency 8% higher than that of the global mass production of monocrystalline silicon and 10% higher than that of polycrystalline silicon. This technology allows for an increase of two to three times the power that a typical flexible solar cell can produce under the same area. According to the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), the conversion rate for single-junction and double-junction cells has reached 28.8% and 31.6% respectively.
Hanergy's Global Solar Energy (GSE) was founded in 1996. Located in Tucson, Arizona, it is the world's leading flexible CIGS (copper indium gallium selenium) thin-film solar technology solution provider and product manufacturer, with over 20 years of experience in design, R&D and manufacturing of CIGS production lines and products. GSE holds the world's highest conversion efficiency rate on the batch-production of flexible CIGS products. The conversion efficiency of the mass-produced wafer reaches 18.7%. At the same time, GSE is a very mature enterprise regarding the commercialization of this technology, with an abundant repertoire of project cases which involve flexible CIGS thin-film solar solutions. The GSE product application scenario is very extensive and can be used for the integration of photovoltaic architecture, large-scale ground power stations, mobile vehicle application, and portable off-grid products.
GSE is the world's first enterprise to massively produce light-weight and efficient CIGS thin-film solar-powered modules and components. By using a multi-element co-evaporation technique, the CIGS is evenly deposited uniformly in a flexible stainless steel substrate with a thickness of 30 microns. The innovative roll-to-roll assembly line which features the unique ICI (integrated chip interconnection) packaging technology that is used not only improves the efficiency of production and the utilization of raw materials, but also reduces production costs.
Solibro is a world of advanced thin-film solar technology integrated conglomerate devoted to basic research and development, production line delivery and production of cells and components of glass-based GICS solar cells in 2008, it began to produce CIGS thin-film solar cells. In September 2012 it was acquired by Hanergy. Basic research and development, production line delivery and the production of cells and components of glass-based CIGS solar cells have led to Solibro becoming a worldwilde precursor in the thin-film solar cells field.
MiaSolé is a typical representation of a Silicon Valley photovoltaic enterprise in the United States. It is the world of advanced manufacturer of high efficiency thin-film solar cell components with over ten years' experience in innovative research and development in thin film solar energy field. Its headquarters are in Santa Clara, California; its global R&D center is located in the Silicon Valley area; and its R&D team includes equipment development, deposition technology development and thin-film power generation development, among other fields. Eighteen joint ventures in the United States have invested more than USD 600 million in the company. In 2012, the company was entirely acquired by Hanergy. The company is the pioneer and leader of CIGS thin-film technology for flexible solar cells. Hanergy has invested over USD 600 million in R&D and industrialization, and it now has the world's most advanced flexible CIGS thin-film solar cell magnetron sputtering deposition technology and the world's higher mass production conversion rate for CIGS flexible cells and components.