Startup company Bloo Solar has selected CVD Equipment Corp. (CVD) as its development and manufacturing partner for the advancement of its “Solar Brush” thin-film solar module range. The company has now began its nanoscale Solar Brush wafer development production run, which it plans to bring to market with initial commercial modules in 2012.
Bloo Solar’s Solar Brush features three-dimensional, single-junction architecture, which the company claims provides more surface area, light trapping, and minimum recombination to provide higher efficiency and a total power output up to three times higher than current technologies.
“This is an important partnership for our company,” said Larry Bawden, CEO of Bloo Solar. “Bloo Solar has developed a solid technology baseline over the last three years which we are starting to commercialize. The TCO is key to our design for our three dimensional Solar Brush technology.”
By selecting CVD as its partner, Bloo Solar will develop a key process for transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coating. CVD Equipment provides offline and online CVDgCoat APCVD for fluorine-doped SnO2 (SnO2:F) coating and offline LPCVD for ZnO coating.
“CVD Equipment Corporation is focusing on enabling the commercialization of tomorrow’s technologies,” says Karlheinz Strobl, VP of business development at CVD. “Through the combination of our application laboratory with our experience in designing and manufacturing a wide variety of CVD-related research and manufacturing equipment, we believe that we can optimally help Bloo Solar reach its commercialization needs. In particular our focus on a variety of TCO coating processes and production scale-up equipment is being fully utilized in this relationship.”