Chip Giant Intel has been hired by Silicon Valley start-up company Miasole to ramp up its production of thin-film photovoltaic panels over the next couple of years.
"The engagement is part of Intel's broader strategy to partner promising high tech innovation with Intel's world class manufacturing and Copy Exactly! methodology. This will enable companies like MiaSolé to scale to high volume manufacturing cheaper, faster, and better," commented Brian Krzanich, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Manufacturing and Supply Chain.
Manufacturing is central to MiaSolé's business; the company has increased its annualized production capacity to over 50 Megawatts (MW) in just over a year, and is on-track to triple capacity to over 150 MW by the end of 2011. However, the agreement with Intel - a world-leader in manufacturing with over 40 years of experience- will accelerate the production ramp with improved repeatability and consistency required for high-volume manufacturing. This will further reduce the overall cost of solar energy and broaden its worldwide adoption.
"We are thrilled to learn from Intel's manufacturing expertise. The best technology manufacturer on the planet is now teaching us what it means to be world-class. This contribution will strengthen our goals to achieve manufacturing scale at our California factory this year," said Dr. Joseph Laia, CEO of MiaSolé.
Miasole develops low cost, high efficient photovoltaic solar panels using copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film technology.
For more see: http://www.MiaSolé.com.
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