In a rare move in the current low of capital spending and meagre signs of a technology buy cycle, PV equipment specialist SoLayTec has installed its first two mass production ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) tools at high-efficiency solar cell manufacturers based in Asia. Names and financial details were not disclosed.
SoLayTec said that the new orders took the tally of ‘InPassion’ ALD tool deliveries to eight, making the company the current market leader of spatial ALD technology used in the PV industry.
“In the last 12 months our customers have demonstrated that our Al2O3 layers increase their cell efficiencies by at least 0,5% gain on p-type multi and n-type mono material and for p-type mono crystalline material we have achieved results up to 1.0% gain,” said Roger Görtzen manager marketing and sales and co-founder of SoLayTec.
SoLayTec introduced the tool at last year’s EU PVSEC, held in Frankfurt. The company was formed as a spin-off company from the Dutch research organisation Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO) in 2010.
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