Israeli electronics equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a US$10 million order for its Aurora PECVD tool, marking the entry of the company into the PV equipment market.
Orbotech said that its subsidiary, Orbotech LT Solar (OLTS) received the order from a leading PV module manufacturer with deliveries expected to commence in the first half of 2014.
The company had originally received its first beta tool order in 2011, but had not announced any further orders or evaluation deals since. The initial order back in 2011, was not expected to generate revenue.
Dr. Kam Law, CEO of OLTS, said: “Conditions in the solar energy industry appear to be improving. Major suppliers are increasing their production levels and stepping up their capital spending, making this a particularly opportune time to introduce our new deposition tool, the Aurora PECVD. This product incorporates a highly innovative system design and superior process flexibility, enabling the deposition of multiple high quality films with remarkably low power consumption, and will support our customers in manufacturing high efficiency solar devices at significantly reduced running costs.”
The Aurora PECVD was initially designed for the deposition of anti-reflective coatings on c-Si wafers. However, the tool can deposit eight various process gases, such as SiNx, SiOx, SiON and a-Si.
“We also believe these orders mark the beginning of a major additional area of potential business for the company and that this highly innovative technology will open up further opportunities,” added Asher Levy, CEO of Orbotech.