Applied Materials has announced that it will highlight its latest technology advancements in photovoltaics at the 25th EU PVSEC in Valencia, Spain. Applied will present developments for the PV facilities of the future – from higher efficiency crystalline silicon and thin-film technology, to automation systems that boost manufacturing productivity and yield.
While Applied will showcase its advances in double printing and high-speed, multi-cell deposition techniques, the company will also report its latest results in emitter wrap-through (EWT) technology.
Applied's technologists will share the key techniques that produced greater than 10% conversion efficiency on 1.4m2 thin-film panels – which extrapolates to greater than 10.5% efficiency on 5.7m2 panels. In addition, Applied will present data from two studies in Arizona and Singapore which demonstrate a large, 8% improvement in energy yield over crystalline silicon modules under real-world conditions.
Applied will also present its range of “smart” control systems that can help cell makers realize significantly higher productivity than current factory layouts, adding flexibility and enabling higher product quality. These systems include the SmartFactory manufacturing execution system software, the out-of-the-box factory automation solution that streamlines the flow of materials throughout a facility.