Roll-to-roll PV manufacturing will receive a boost with the news that imec’s Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative, has teamed up with nTact for developments in the field of flexible electronics. nTact is the trade name for FAS Holdings Group, a US manufacturer of high-precision deposition systems for the microelectronics and energy industries.
The research agreement will see the development of a method of creating patterned deposition of homogeneous film layers on flexible foils, which is necessary to large-scale manufacturing and commercialization of technologies such as flexible OLED lighting and OPV.
nTact has developed a technology dubbed ‘selective area coating’, which could prove an enabling factor in this research effort. The collaboration between the Holst Centre and nTact will result in the development and application of this technology within the scope of the partnership.
“We are very proud to have nTact on board”, commented Ronn Andriessen, program manager of large-area printing at the Holst Centre. “Having access to their unique technology – and being able to contribute to it – is a big asset for our own researchers and the other partners in the program. The outcome of the research will be a necessary step towards large-volume manufacturing of OPV and OLED lighting devices on flexible substrates.”