Amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film producer T-Solar has selected BrightView Systems’ InSight M Series inline process control and optimization tool for thin-film PV production. The Wide Area Metrology (WAM) system provides continuous monitoring and whole-panel mapping.
“BrightView has enabled us to gain the insight we needed into our manufacturing process,” said Juan Lasso, CEO of T-Solar. “The unique value of BrightView’s solution lies in the combination of innovative process optimization tools with in-depth knowledge of process and manufacturing. This will help us improve the performance of thin-film silicon photovoltaic modules, reduce the production cost per module, and streamline project planning.”
BrightView and T-Solar will also examine and analyze the relationship between process variations and long-term field performance of the modules, which T-Solar plans to install in diverse geographic areas, including projects in Peru, Italy, France and Spain.
The InSight M metrology tool will used at T-Solar’s thin-film factory in Ourence, Spain. T-Solar began production of its Applied Materials supplied a-Si thin-film ‘SunFab’ line a year ago and has an annual capacity of 45MW or 700,000m2 of modules per year.