Akrion Solar — a wholly owned subsidiary of Akrion Systems — has partnered with the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) and will issue advanced texturing and etching processes developed for solar cells from crystalline silicon wafers for the group.
Joseph McManus, vice president of sales and marketing at Akrion Systems, said: “We are looking forward to participating in this key program. The goals of this initiative are in line with ours. All of our solar development work has focused on advanced silicon-based cells such as those utilizing HIT, pPERC, and nPERL processes. The work will develop processes and technologies to boost cell efficiency and reduce the cost of manufacturing.”
Dr. Pradeep Haldar, chief operating and technology officer for the PVMC, added: “We are pleased to welcome Akrion Systems to the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, further fueling New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision for powering tomorrow’s innovations today by developing the most efficient and advanced PV technologies. We are thrilled that a growing number of companies with expertise in photovoltaic R&D are looking to partner with the consortium and build upon leading-edge solar energy research, resources, and capabilities to catalyze sustainable, clean energy-based solutions to meet the world’s complex energy needs.”
The PVMC, located in New York at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, is linked with the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and currently holds over 50 participating members and groups.