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  • Luvata

    Luvata’s ‘Sunwire Calculator’ online tools help optimize solar ribbon usage

    05 October 2015, 12:15

    Luvata has launched an online solar ribbon calculator called the Sunwire Calculator.  The Sunwire Calculator enables photovoltaic module manufacturers to make more informed decisions concerning their solar ribbon needs such as weight, ribbon length per spool and ribbon length per solar panel. ‘Sunwire’ is Luvata’s branded photovoltaic solar ribbon.

  • Horiba

    HORIBA provides advanced POCl3 delivery system for high-volume solar cell processing

    01 October 2015, 11:40

    HORIBA has developed a Phosphorus Oxychloride (POCl3) delivery systems that is being implemented for atmospheric and low pressure diffusion furnaces in Europe and Asia. The system comprises HORIBA’s advanced bubblers mounted in the diffusion furnace linked to HORIBA’s automatic bulk refill system. More than 120 production furnace tubes are running with the HORIBA system with a further 100 tubes installed before the end of 2015, according to the company.

  • rena

    RENA’s ‘InCellPlate Cu’ platform offers major cost savings at highest efficiency level

    10 September 2015, 08:36

    RENA’s ‘InCellPlate Cu’ inline equipment for direct plating of a Ni/Cu/Ag stack on silicon, when combined with laser ablation of the silicon nitride layer and subsequent inline anneal, is said to provide complete front-side metallization for solar cell manufacturing. Compared with screen-printing, the technology allows cutting the cell production cost by US$0.06 (cents) and at the same time offers potential for cell efficiency improvement.

  • MacDermid

    MacDermid’s HELIOS plating solution replaces silver paste with narrow copper grid conductors

    27 February 2015, 12:06 | Comments (1)

    MacDermid’s HELIOS nickel, copper, and silver wet chemical plating baths, which are a key part of an integrated laser patterning, plating, and thermal anneal system, produces 30µm fingers and 4N pull strengths, while reducing costs by US$0.06/cell.

  • Scanlab

    SCANLAB’s hybrid scanner system provides high-speed back-side wafer processing

    05 December 2014, 09:54

    SCANLAB has introduced an integrated hybrid polygon laser scan system that can provide high-volume solar cell production of electrical busbars on the backs of cells that are arranged as alternating strips of emitter and base regions. SCANLAB’s new hybrid polygon scanner system combines polygon scanners with the high precision of galvanometers to drastically reduce wafer processing times.

  • SiTec

    SiTec’s monosilane process technology offers retrofit capability for lower production costs

    05 December 2014, 09:46

    SiTec GmbH has developed innovative monosilane process technology that provides substantial energy savings compared to legacy processes and increase capital productivity. Marketed under the name ‘STAR’, for SiTec Applied Research products, the technology is applicable to both new and existing (retrofit) monosilane plants.

  • solvay

    Solvay develops two high-performances PV film grades for frontsheet applications

    30 September 2014, 14:58

    Solvay Specialty Polymers has expanded its position in the PV market with the launch of two film grades of its ‘Halar’ ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) for photovoltaic (PV) modules. The two new high-performance products, Halar PV ECTFE and Halar ECTFE ultraviolet (UV) blocking technology have been specifically designed for frontsheet applications.

  • innoals

    InnoLas provides half-cell cutting system for higher PV module performance

    15 September 2014, 14:03

    InnoLas Solutions is offering an automated laser cutting machine with an integrated soft wafer breaking process to produce half cells or quarter cells to reduce device-inherent resistivity, boosting overall module output by a claimed 10-15W.

  • Hitachi Chemical

    Wavelength conversion particles from Hitachi Chemical boost cell efficiencies by over 2%

    09 September 2014, 11:43

    Hitachi Chemical will begin sales of wavelength conversion particles (WCP) for solar encapsulant sheets that help increase the conversion efficiency of solar cell power generation. WCP series contains specialized phosphor within acrylic resin and converts short wavelength light (ultraviolet light) into long wavelength light (visible light).

  • Fujitsu Laboratories

    Fujitsu Laboratories software automates production-line image recognition

    09 September 2014, 11:15

    Fujitsu Laboratories has announced the development of a technology for automatically generating image-recognition programs that accurately detect the positions of components as captured by cameras in automated assembly processes by utilizing images of electronic components and IT equipment.


  • Photovoltaics International 29th Edition

    Forecasting the evolution of a young, dynamic industry is by definition an uncertain business, and solar is no exception. Rarely, if ever, do the numbers broadcast by any of the various bodies involved in the PV prediction game tally, and even historical deployment rates remain the subject of hot debate. The paradox is that getting forecasts broadly right is going to become increasingly important over the next few years, particularly for those involved in producing the equipment that will support whatever levels of demand come to pass.



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