Natcore signs LOU for the sale of its AR coating process station to TLNZ Solar Technology

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Natcore Technology has signed a letter of understanding (LOU) for the intended sale of its antireflective (AR) coating processing station to Hunan TLNZ Solar Technology. The coating tool is licensed from Rice University and using a liquid-phase deposition (LPD) process is said to grow an AR coating on solar cells.

Natcore began constructing the processing station on March 15 and advises that the first production phase will be completed within eight to ten weeks. Once testing and any necessary adjustments have been completed, the tool will be shipped to TLNZ’s Xiangtan, China location. Closing of the sale will be dependent upon TLNZ conducting its own successful testing.

“We have designed this product so we can add and subtract components based on the needs of our customers,” expressed Natcore’s President and CEO Chuck Provini. “This means that we can build machines across a wide range of complexity, capabilities and price and accommodate the specific needs of individual manufacturers. Some solar cell producers will want the fully automated version whereas others may prefer a version that involves a more manual process, because of availability of inexpensive labor.”

Towards the end of 2010, Natcore sent various silicon wafers with AR coatings to TLNZ for finishing and testing. Upon adding metal front and back contacts to the cells and testing their efficiency, TLNZ claims that efficiencies were recorded to reach 15% during their first test of the AR coating technology.

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