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Diamond wire sawing: State of the art and perspectives

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By Fabrice Coustier, Laboratory for Materials and Processes for Solar Energy, CEA-INES, LMPS; Jean-Daniel Penot, Scientist, CEA-INES, LMPS; Gérald Sanchez, Head of R&D, Thermocompact; Michel Ly, Head of R&D, Thermocompact

The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the use and potential of diamond wire for the silicon-shaping process in the PV industry. The current market and future prospects for helping to meet the goals of 2020’s roadmap of thinner wafers and reduced $/W are described.

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