Solar cells to power sports arena in Sweden

14th September 2016
Anna Flockett

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer has been selected as supplier of flexible CIGS solar cells to be installed at the Vikingahallen sports arena in Märsta by the Sigtuna Municipality. Fasadglas AB's subsidiary FG Light Energy AB has been picked as the prime contractor and will carry out the installation of the solar cells from Midsummer on the sports arena.

Home to handball and other sports in Märsta, central Sweden, the venue, Vikingahallen will be getting the solar panels, carried out by the chosen prime contractor, Sigtuna Municipality, Fasadglas AB's subsidiary FG Light Energy AB.

“The planned solar plant with flexible thin-film modules at 58kWp will be placed on the roof facing southeast and is designed for connection/phasing to the property’s grid”, said Rickard Berg, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator, Sigtuna Municipality. “We chose lightweight flexible CIGS solar cells to evaluate them against traditional solar cells”.

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.

Sven Lindström, CEO of Midsummer commented: “We are delighted that flexible and lightweight thin-film solar cells are considered as the best choice for this project.”

Lindström adding: “Midsummer is the only manufacturer of solar cells in Sweden and it feels very positive that Sigtuna Municipality opted for a purely Swedish, more environmentally friendly, solution in which the solar cells have not been shipped worldwide. This is further proof that our thin-film CIGS solar cells is what the market wants and we have noticed a marked increase in interest for our solar cells around the world.”

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