An exclusive agreement with Sixtron Advanced Materials will allow Air Liquide to offer advanced coating materials that tackle light-induced degradation (LID) problems for crystalline-silicon solar cells, which compliments Air Liquide’s own advanced precursor materials. The Silexium process solution combines proprietary precursor molecules with Sixtron’s ‘SunBox’ gas generation system to deposit solar cell films.
Peter Tyszewicz, President and CEO of Sixtron commented, “Air Liquide’s number one market position will allow Sixtron to support the crystalline-silicon solar industry as it improves cell efficiency and reduces costs.”
“This global partnership with Sixtron demonstrates Air Liquide strategic interest to provide its photovoltaic customers with the safest, most advanced and lowest cost-of-ownership gases and precursors solutions in the market,” noted Francisco Martins, Vice-President World Business Line Electronics of the Air Liquide Group. “The photovoltaic market is at the crossroads of energy and the environment, two growth drivers of the Air Liquide group.”
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.