Features

Editors' Blog, Features
December 19, 2007
By Mark Osborne
Not your average eBay item up for grabs, rather a piece of photovoltaictechnology history. Nanosolar, roll-to-roll Copper Indium GalliumDiselenide (CIGS) PV solar start-up, has put one of its first threeproduction line commercially-produced PV modules (Panel #2) up for saleon eBay with a $10,300 starting price!
Editors' Blog, Features
November 22, 2007
By Mark Osborne
Applied Materials can't seem to leave the solar equipment business alone at the moment, as it continues its acquisition trail. The latest is Baccini S.p.A for a cool $330 million in greenbacks.
Features, Product Reviews
November 14, 2007
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Veeco Instruments recentlylaunched the Dektak 150 Surface Profiler, which is designed to monitorthin films of advanced PVs as well as critical surface roughness, keyfor optimal absorption of photons. The standard Dektak 150 utilizes anewly designed 4 x 4-inch X-Y stage with manual theta. It can beconfigured with a 4-inch Y auto stage that enables 3D imaging, orequipped with a 6-inch X-Y auto stage that, in addition to 3D mapping,provides automation and programmability of over 200 sample sites. Withthe scan-stitching package, the system can perform even longer scansfor stress measurements on larger wafers. Other stage features includewafer alignment pins for ease of use, three-point suspension forstress, lateral calibration for 99.9% accuracy, and a larger scan blockfor improved baseline stability, according to the company.
Features, Product Reviews
November 14, 2007
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Dow Corning's Solar Solutions Group has extended its product offerings for the global solar energy market with an encapsulant and two potting agents that have been tested and qualified for photovoltaic module applications. The PV 6010 Cell Encapsulant and the PV 7010 and PV 7020 Potting Agents have been developed to eliminate the guesswork when dealing with the potential solutions available today.
Features, Product Reviews
October 24, 2007
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline:Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. recently launched a new productline of Pyrolytic Boron Nitride (PBN) crucibles, heaters and coatingsto consider for the enhancement of the production of CIGS (copper,indium, gallium, selinide) solar cells.
Editors' Blog, Features
September 7, 2007
By Mark Osborne
Applied Materials’ entry to the solar equipment manufacturing market just over a year ago is starting to make that market very interesting to watch and also to write about!
Editors' Blog, Features
August 17, 2007
By Mark Osborne
As rumors go, this is not as far-fetched as it seems!
Features, Product Reviews
July 5, 2007
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Advanced Energy Industrieshas introduced its latest power platform: the ‘Paramount’ RF-powerdelivery system. A key aspect of the new platform is power-deliveryaccuracy and control for increasingly complex film stacks and finefeature sizes. The 3kW Paramount system is well suited for both etchand deposition processes in semiconductor, FPD, MEMS and solarphotovoltaic manufacturing.
Editors' Blog, Features
June 14, 2007
By Mark Osborne
An old automotive saying that well-built vehicles by Ford Motor Co.keep on going many years after competitors’ models have been scrappedcan now be applied to old Ford assembly plants!
Editors' Blog, Features
March 6, 2007
By Mark Osborne
It had to happen sooner rather than later for Applied Materials! What Imean is that they would inevitably win a contract in the solar powerspace to build a turnkey production line, front-to-back equipment andprocesses as well as automated factory software.

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