An innovative on-site silane gas generation technology developed by Sixtron, dubbed ‘SunBox’ was voted as the winner of the Best Process Technology in Crystalline Silicon Cell Manufacturing at the Cell Award ceremony held at Intersolar Munich, recently.
“The SunBox delivers process improvement to solar cell manufacturers while at the same time reducing both capital expenses and operating costs,” said Zbigniew Barwicz, CEO of Sixtron. “Our silane-free system provides our customers with a path to improved cell efficiencies without major disruption of manufacturing processes. This award is independent recognition by top cell manufacturers that the SunBox provides exceptional value to the industry.”
Prior to the introduction of the SunBox, anti-reflective coatings and passivation layers have primarily been deposited using silane. This pyrophoric gas, which requires costly safety and handling procedures, multiplies manufacturers’ financial and operational risks. The SunBox uses a solid polymer source material to safely and effectively deposit anti-reflective and passivation layers on crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells.
Caption: Bates Marshall, SiXtron’s VP of Sales and Marketing, accepts the award for the Best Process Technology – c-Si Cell Manufacturing Lines from ersol President Holger van Hebel at the Cell Award 2009 event in Munich.