Order Focus: REC upgrades Singapore fab to centrotherm photovoltaics diffusion furnaces

  •   As part of its plans to boost production at its main integrated module manufacturing plant in Singapore, REC has placed an order with centrotherm photovoltaics for its high-throughput diffusion furnaces.
    As part of its plans to boost production at its main integrated module manufacturing plant in Singapore, REC has placed an order with centrotherm photovoltaics for its high-throughput diffusion furnaces.

As part of its plans to boost production at its main integrated module manufacturing plant in Singapore, REC has placed an order with centrotherm photovoltaics for its high-throughput diffusion furnaces.

centrotherm photovoltaics offers several different diffusion furnaces that are used for  traditional P-N Junction formation by diffusing phosphorus onto a Boron doped silicon wafer in a batch diffusion furnace using Phosphorus Oxychloride (POCl3).

Its high-throughput horizontal furnace uses five stacked quartz tube reactor chambers for a claimed 15 – 25 % throughput improvement compared to standard systems.

According to the equipment supplier, REC had undertaken a full evaluation by integrating one of the systems in one of the lines at its fab in Singapore, before placing the upgrade order said to be valued in a high single-digit million Euro range.

REC Solar is aiming to produce 850MW of solar modules in 2013 to meet expected increase demand, notably in Japan and Asia. The company had a capacity of 746MW in 2012.

Shipment details were not disclosed.

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