A European-based cell manufacturer has purchase ‘GAMA-Solar’ production equipment from Akrion Systems, worth US$5 million. The systems are used for texturization, advanced cleaning and surface conditioning of c-Si wafers. According to Akrion the equipment will be installed later this year in the customer's new manufacturing facility.
“Our systems and processes can help cell manufacturers boost efficiencies,” remarked Michael Ioannou, Akrion Systems president and CEO. “The order resulted from process development work we did with this customer both at their facility and in our applications lab. There is growing demand for renewable energy usage and we are delighted to be working with a number of companies who are developing high efficiency and low cost photovoltaic energy solutions.”
Akrion’s GAMA-Solar tool uses a patented ‘ICE-1’ concentration monitoring and control system, enabling the optimization of the chemical bath performance as well as the an advanced drying technology.