According to Aurora Control Technologies (ACT), one of the top 10 PV manufacturers in 2011 will soon be making a full tool evaluation of its Decima CD measurement instrument. The agreement was signed at the EU PVSEC event, held in Frankfurt, Germany.
“We are excited to be commencing this decisive phase for the Decima, and pleased to be working with a top-tier manufacturer,” commented Gordon Deans, Aurora’s president and CEO. “Building on our recent joint research project with ISC Konstanz, we are now turning to production line validation and a reference installation. This will confirm our previous trial results under live operations and provide us with valuable data and feedback.”
The Decima CD is an inline, non-contact emitter dopant (sheet resistance) measurement system featuring whole-wafer mapping at full production throughput, for 100% profiling of processed solar cells. According to the company the system enables up to 100 measurement points per wafer in real time, for both batch and inline diffusion production lines.
The company said that the tool evaluation will consist of three phases that include both laboratory and live production-line testing as well as the possibility of a commercial production line rollout upon completion of testing, subject to the evaluation process. ACT noted that should that occur it would become a top-tier manufacturing line reference installation, for the start-up.