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Astronergy pushes toward gigawatt scale, with silicon thin film set to play a major role

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By Tom Cheyney

Liyou Yang started in the thin-film game in 1985 with BP Solar, where he eventually ran the company’s amorphous-silicon research efforts. “Once you get into it,” he smiled, “you get hooked.” During the course of our conversation at Astronergy’s headquarters, the Rutgers-educated president/CEO would often reference his time at the old company, using his early experiences as reminders of just how far the technology and the solar industry in general have come since those pioneering days in the 1980s and ‘90s.

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The 12th Edition was published in May 2011. Highlights from this edition include Conergy’s in-depth study of MES in PV facilities; University of Konstanz heralds the return of UMG-Si; RWTH Aachen University details the gettering options available for selective emitters; TU Delft presents an overview of breakage issues for silicon wafers and cells; and the University of Toledo outlines the benefits of RTSE in polarized light metroscopy.

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