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  • The 3.0 MegaWattBlock uses a maximum voltage of 1500 Volt. Developed in co-operation with GE and PADCON, the 1500 V inverter system reduces

    BELECTRIC’s 3.0 ‘MegaWattBlock’ PV plant offers high grid stability

    04 September 2013, 11:52

    BELECTRIC’s new 3.0 MegaWattBlock is claimed to set new standards in solar power production. The power plant unit is designed to create electricity at the lowest possible levelized costs of electricity (LCOE). On a par with the functionality of large conventional power plants, the grid-stabilizing plant technology is designed to intelligently integrate renewable energy sources in existing power grids.

  • The all-black module's change in appearance results from the use of an advanced, all-black edge seal technology combined with an innovative

    First Solar’s ‘Series 3’ CdTe thin-film module platform offers harsh environment capability

    18 April 2013, 10:58

    First Solar has launched a new evolution of its Series 3 CdTe thin-film PV module platform. The ‘Series 3 Black’ is said to incorporate First Solar’s latest advances in conversion efficiency as well as additional features to enhance its performance in utility-scale power plants.

  • The EddyCus Thin-Film lab employs the eddy current method that utilizes local conductivity variations of the test objects for the characteri

    ‘EddyCus Thin-Film’ lab designed for contactless real-time thickness

    21 March 2013, 11:10

    SURAGUS GmbH, a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing Dresden, offers the ‘EddyCus Thin-Film lab’ specifically for contactless real-time thickness and sheet resistance determination of low and high conductive thin-films on glass, wafer, plastics or foils.

  • Silver paste from DuPont offers lower processing temperatures for thin film solar cells

    24 April 2012, 10:06

    DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced ‘DuPont Solamet PV416’ photovoltaic metallization paste used to raise the efficiency of thin film photovoltaic cells. The front-side silver paste material has the capability to be processed at temperatures below 140°C, and is designed to provide improved contact resistance, conductivity, adhesion and fine line resolution when printed on Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCOs). The new paste has been claimed to have boosted CIGS thin-film manufacturer, Midsummer AB’s cell efficiencies by as much as 0.5%.

  • UNECS-2000 spectroscopic ellipsometer from Ulvac designed for fast R&D needs

    23 February 2012, 16:19

    ULVAC Technologies has introduced the UNECS-2000 spectroscopic ellipsometer for the high speed measurement of film thickness and optical constants of thin films in R&D applications.

  • Dr Schenk’s SolarMeasure I-V Curve Tracer offers individual cell electrical characterization

    23 November 2011, 12:42

    Dr Schenk has developed a high-speed, non-destructive measurement of I-V curves of thin-film modules prior to the lamination step. The SolarMeasure I-V Curve Tracer evaluates the characteristics of every individual cell on the complete thin-film panel and detects local variations. These measurements can be taken in-line and the results serve as a GO/NO-GO test of whether a panel should be processed further.

  • Bystronic’s photovoltaic-TPA system offers continuous encapsulation and sealing of thin-film modules

    09 November 2011, 22:28

    The photovoltaic-TPA (Thermo Plastic Applicator) from Bystronic glass group is a machine designed for the encapsulation and sealing of thin-film photovoltaic modules. The machine is claimed to be the first machine of this type that is capable of working in 24-hour operation without any interruption.

  • TCO thin-film coatings from NSG offer wide-application optimization

    05 October 2011, 15:15

    The NSG Group is a leader in TCO (transparent conductive oxide) coated glass for thin-film photovoltaic applications. Its ‘TEC’ product range is a group of products, including a comprehensive range of TCO coated glass, optimized to suit a variety of thin-film photovoltaic technologies.

  • Manz offers XRF-inline quality system for thin film metrology requirements

    28 September 2011, 20:29

    Manz AG has launched an XRF-inline quality system (IQ-XRF) as an extension of its Manz IQ Series. The fully automated x-ray fluorescence system has been designed to qualify various deposition process steps in photovoltaic production lines. Two of these XRF-systems were recently integrated into a photovoltaic line and show their ability to perform in 24/7 operations.

  • Dr. schwab IT’s FPI system enables fast full surface thickness evaluation of thin films

    10 August 2011, 14:53

    With the FPI solar series, dr. schwab IT has developed metrology systems covering all aspects of the production process for thin-film panel manufacturing. The new system meets volume production speed requirements with full surface measurement for quality assurance as well as continuous monitoring of all process parameters helping to increase productivity and yield of production lines.

  • Gerold’s HMA-system offers automatic hot melt edge-sealing of thin-film modules

    03 August 2011, 15:03

    Gerold’s HMA-system automatically applies liquid butyl (hot-melt) for edge-sealing of thin-film modules, replacing the need for butyl tape, which has limiting use factors in high-volume production applications. Gerold claims the HMA-system offers more economical packing drums, less waste, and improved product quality.

  • Tosoh SMD’s sputtering targets support 18% thin-film efficiencies

    02 March 2011, 14:38

    Tosoh SMD has introduced new transparent conducting oxide (TCO) sputtering targets that achieve higher solar cell efficiency than standard targets. Tosoh’s new TCO targets are available in planar and rotary configurations and are composed of either traditional indium tin oxide (ITO) or aluminum zinc oxide (AZO).

  • SNEC 2011: DuPont’s ‘PV5400’ encapsulants are available in roll form for fast lamination

    22 February 2011, 14:22

    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has introduced the ‘PV5400’ series thin ionomer-based encapsulant sheets designed to protect sensitive thin-film solar modules, while offering manufacturers new ways to cut costs, speed throughput and deliver more power over the life of each unit.

  • TRUMPF’s TruMicro Series ultra-short pulse lasers offer improved thin-film edge ablation

    21 February 2011, 11:19

    The small and compact TRUMPF TruMicro Series 3000 with wavelengths of 1064 and 532 nanometres are designed for P1, P2 and P3 patterning.

  • Atlumin Energy’s customized ‘barking’ rotary sputtering targets offer maximum material utilization

    24 January 2011, 18:12

    Atlumin Energy has begun fabricating monolithic `barking’ (dog bone) rotary molybdenum sputtering targets for solar thin-film module manufacturing. Barking targets offer superior material utilization, while monolithic targets offer higher density and higher purity than traditionally fabricated targets.

  • Evonik’s PMMA-based barrier film handles flexible thin-film roll-to-roll manufacturing

    22 December 2010, 16:44

    Evonik has introduced a highly transparent and also weathering-resistant barrier film based on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) that can replace glass plates as a front cover.

  • 3M’s ‘Ultra Barrier Solar Film’ designed for flexible thin-film applications

    14 October 2010, 14:11

    Product Briefing Outline: 3M has introduced its Ultra Barrier Solar Film for flexible thin-film technologies into volume manufacturing. The product is the result of more than a decade of development in transparent barrier technology, having the potential to drastically reduce the total system costs for rooftop solar installations. The film’s unique module form factor also offers an array of niche applications.

  • SMX-ILH system from Solar Metrology provides process control for active, contact, TCO

    05 August 2010, 12:55

    Product Briefing Outline: Solar Metrology has expanded its portfolio of System SMX thin-film composition and thickness measurement tools with the introduction of model SMX-ILH (in-line X-ray head) tool, which is designed for in-line composition and thickness control of CIGS and CdTe photovoltaic thin film depositions.

  • New Product: InSight M Series in-line metrology system optimizes thin-film processes

    18 March 2010, 16:50

    Product Briefing Outline: BrightView Systems has unveiled the InSight M Series, which it claims to be the world’s first in-line process control and optimization tool developed specifically to address the challenges faced by thin-film solar cell manufacturers. The Wide Area Metrology (WAM) system provides continuous monitoring and whole-panel mapping of critical material and process parameters at full production throughput and for 100% of manufactured panels.

  • New Product: J.A. Woollam’s AccuMap-SE provides thin film measurement of panel uniformity

    18 February 2010, 12:34

    Product Briefing Outline: J.A. Woollam has integrated its Flying M-2000 Spectroscopic Ellipsometer into a mapping tool for thin-film uniformity measurements over the entire PV panel.  The high accuracy and wide spectral coverage of the M-2000 ensure that every layer in a thin film stack can be measured, while new automation has been designed to ensure fast, precise measurements over the entire panel.

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