As part of its technology roadmap to boost high-efficiency CIGS cells, the Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin, PVcomB, has ordered an active selenization system from Smit Ovens BV.
According to Smit Ovens, PVcomB evaluated a range of tools to provide support for its R&D activities, notably in the area of improving selenium and sulfur transport to the substrate during the rapid thermal processing (RTP) process.
“Experiments show that vapor phase reactors allow new pathways into highly efficient CIGS cell development,” commented Dr. Niklas Papathanasiou, manager CIGS development at PVcomB. “The active reactor design is the industrialized solution for our experiments.”
The newly developed active selenization system is said to be specifically designed for flexible R&D workloads and is capable of running 300x300mm substrates. The system’s active reactor design is said to offer a high level of thermal stability, typically needed in a reliable mass production environment.
“The design of this R&D system is identical to the large area & high throughput systems,” added Wiro Zijlmans, CEO at Smit Ovens BV. “This allows for a fast and reliable scale up to mass production on the basis of processes developed by PVcomB.”