Aiko Solar bringing P-type mono PERC and bifacial cells to module manufacturers

The vast number of announcements related to P-type mono PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) production in the last 18 months have primarily related to integrated cell and module producers shifting in-house production to the high-efficiency cells, as conventional multicrystalline Al-BSF (Aluminium-Back Surface Field) solar cells reach efficiency limitations.

InnoLas Solutions wins further new laser orders for PERC cell processing

PV laser technology equipment specialist InnoLas Solutions has secured another multiple machine order from an Asian customer for its new ‘ILS-TTnx’ high throughput laser machine platform used for PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell), as well as LDSE (Laser Doped Selective Emitter) processes.

InnoLas Solutions ILS-TTnx laser system offers high-throughput PERC cell contact opening

InnoLas Solutions has launched its new high throughput laser workstation for various applications with throughput up to 6000 wafers per hour (WPH). The ILS-TTnx (InnoLas turntable next generation platform) is based on InnoLas’ existing and proven rotary table machine platform with a multi process head configuration and a dual lane automation system.

Aurora Solar developing enhanced inline quality control system

Inline solar cell measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies (AST) said it was collaborating with several leading PV manufacturers in Asia to develop and test an enhanced version of its Veritas visualization software and quality control systems.

Mono and multi production 50:50 in 2018, but mono is the future

Mono c-Si cell production is forecast to account for 49% of all c-Si cell production in 2018, and will become the dominant technology used in the PV industry by 2019, according to new research contained in the latest release of the PV Manufacturing & Technology Quarterly report, from the in-house research unit at PV-Tech’s parent company Solar Media Ltd.

Intevac’s order backlog boosted by recent solar ion implant orders

Specialist semiconductor and PV equipment supplier Intevac reported first quarter 2017 financial results that included a 40% increase in new orders, driven by its largest single order in its Thin-film Equipment segment that includes its solar product offerings with a 12 system follow-on order in March for its solar ‘ENERGi’ implant tools.

PLANT PV launches ‘Silver-on-Aluminum’ paste with a 1% power output gain for c-Si solar cells

PLANT PV, has introduced its first major product to enable significant improvements in conventional solar cell power output. PLANT PV’s new ‘Silver-on-Aluminum’ paste is designed for easy implementation with no added investment cost for cell producers and is claimed to lead to a 1% increase in relative power output for c-Si solar cells. The company, which was incubated out of the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present its Ag-on-Al paste concept and test results at the SNEC 11th International PV Power Generation Conference in Shanghai, China.