Product Reviews

Features, Product Reviews
June 2, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Enerize Corporation has developed a new design for PV modules using a proprietary transparent polymer material that is claimed to outperform glass conventionally used as a protective covering. The proprietary polymer material is highly transparent, and stable under UV and ionizing radiation exposure. The new highly transparent polymer material can be applied directly to the PV module surface at low temperatures, eliminating the need for the adhesives required with glass and some other polymers. Evaluation of the new Enerize polymer encapsulation materials has been carried out using PV modules that include up to five solar cells with a surface area of 72cm2 each.
Features, Product Reviews
May 9, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Product Briefing Outline: Honeywell has developed a new material called ‘PowerShield’ PV325, which is designed to provide greater levels of protection to photovoltaic solar cells and modules that are located in more hostile environments. The material is UV-, moisture- and weather-resistant, and designed to also withstand the electrical load produced by the modules, which can operate at up to 1,000 volts of electricity. The material was developed primarily for rigid PV modules, which are specifically designed to feed power into a utility or local power grid.
Features, Product Reviews
March 27, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Surfect Technologies has launched Solargy, the industry’s first programmable plating computer for solar applications.  Capable of accommodating combinations of 125, 156 and 210mm size cells, Solargy’s Direct Energy Plating technology is claimed to offer significantly reduced plating costs, while improving manufacturing speed and yield.
Features, Product Reviews
January 15, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Product Brief Outline: Sputtering Materials, Inc. is now offering high-density casted CIG (CuInGa) targets for thin film deposition in rotatable and planar form factors for thin film solar production. The casted targets offer high-density (99% +) materials that offer thin film technicians greater control and better material utilization in thin film deposition, physical vapor deposition and sputtering system processing. 
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.
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.
Features, Product Reviews
November 24, 2006
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: HORIBA Jobin Yvon hasintroduced the MM-16, a spectroscopic ellipsometer dedicated to theadvanced characterization of film thickness and optical constants for abroad range of materials such as semiconductors, compounds, alloys andorganic thin films.

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