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Examining cost of ownership of crystalline-silicon solar-cell wet processing: texturization and clea

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By Ismail Kashkoush, Vice President of Technology, Akrion Systems; David Jimenez, President and Cofounder, Wright Williams & Kelly

This paper, the second in a series covering cost of ownership studies for photovoltaics [1], examines the need for saw damage removal and the follow-on processes of precleaning, texturization, and cleaning. The process considerations for wet and plasma approaches are further discussed before taking a detailed look at texturization using random pyramid formation. The paper will conclude with a view of current and future wet process techniques and a cost of ownership case study using Akrion Systems’ GAMA-Solar as an example.

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The seventh edition of Photovoltaics International was published in February 2010. This edition features a wafering focus from REC Wafer and SINTEF on how to improve cell efficiencies. In addition, EPIA provides in-depth analysis of feed-in-tariff schemes in our Market Watch; and in Cell Processing Fraunhofer ISE overcomes challenges in back-side metallization.

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