RENA is now the largest shareholder in SoLayTec after increasing its stake in the atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment provider to 45%.
As part of the agreement SoLayTec's process development tools (PDT) will now be sold exclusively by RENA, and alongside the single-side polishing of RENA’s InPolish, they will increase conversion efficiency through ultra thin Al2O3 cell passivation.
SoLayTec, a spin-off from TNO, has already signed contracts to install its equipment at four manufacturing facilities in Q3 and Q4 2011; these tools will be used for research applications, such as surface passivation and depositing Al2O3 on c-Si cells.
For RENA, this is the second significant deal to be struck in the past week. On Tuesday the wet processing technology supplier unveiled its newly-formed technology and sales partnership with laser systems-provider InnoLas.