Ferro has opened a new photovoltaic research and development laboratory in Taipei, Taiwan. The Ferro Taiwan Technology Center, situated within the Neihu Technology Park, will help Ferro provide technical support for its Taiwanese customers and also to improve cell performance and lower manufacturing costs.
Tests relating to the deposition of metallization pastes on solar cells will be carried out on site, enabling Ferro to analyse cell printing and firing, electrical performance, wafer property, solderability and adhesion. Ferro customers will also be able to supply wafers to evaluate conductive pastes when their own test facilities are unavailable, thus speeding up the paste qualification process.
“This development laboratory greatly improves Ferro’s ability to smoothly, rapidly and sustainably introduce innovative metallization pastes into the continually advancing solar cell market in Taiwan,” said Steven Florio, chief technology officer of Ferro’s electronic, color and glass materials group. “The addition of this laboratory and expansion of the staff in Taiwan will improve both the quality and timeliness of our local support by providing facilities for the optimization of all key process conditions to meet specific customer requirements.”