Solland Solar and AT&S are nearing the production roll-out of Solland Solar’s ‘Sunweb’ back-contacted solar cells with the news that AT&S will build a prototype production line at its facility in Leoben-Hinterberg, Austria. The plan is to have the partners’ line completed and operational in the summer of 2010. Objectives include full evaluation of the processes and costs as well as certification under IEC 61215 and IEC 61730.
The company’s expect commercialization to occur by the end of 2010. The Sunweb technology is designed to improve cell conversion efficiencies as well as lower production costs. The process equipment being developed by AT&S comes from the printed circuit board industry, which could result in much lower production costs than conventional c-Si equipment.
The partners started collaborating on the project in July 2008.