DEK Solar reached the 1GW energy generation capacity milestone for total PV1200 metallization platforms shipments at the end of the first quarter of 2010. DEK re-entered the Alternative Energy sector just 18 months ago with a new screen print platform designed specifically for the solar market.
John Knowles, DEK’s chairman, who heads up the DEK Solar team, said, “DEK Solar is driven by a small group of resolute individuals within the DEK organisation who remain agile, responsive and receptive to change.”
“The other is that the industry has moved in our direction as requirements for absolute print accuracy, precision alignment and advanced process expertise escalate with the wide scale adoption of processes like print-on-print. With 40 years of experience behind us, printing standard current collector patterns on crystalline wafers was as easy as falling off a log,” Knowles claims.
The DEK solar business also benefits from the support infrastructure and lean manufacturing capability already in place for DEK’s global business in electronics and semiconductor.
“We have cut expected lead times from many months to just a few weeks for new equipment orders, and there’s no doubt that this has contributed to our rapid success as we can deliver against the fast ramp up strategies of many progressive solar cell manufacturers,” Knowles confirms.