The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER) in Taiwan has placed a follow-up order for an Aixtron AIX 2800G4 planetary reactor system for MOCVD growth of germanium/III-V based solar cells. MOCVD tool is to be delivered in the 15×4 inch wafer configuration with options to utilize up to 200mm wafers. The system will be shipped to INER in the second quarter of 2009.
“Thanks to the approval of a second MOCVD equipment budget, we are in position to acquire a second Aixtron AIX 2800G4 system, which will allow us to separate development from pilot manufacturing,” noted Dr. Cherng-Tsong Kuo, Project Leader of the High Concentration Photovoltaic System Research and Development Project. “Aixtron MOCVD tools have established an excellent reputation for the manufacture of solar cell materials. The utility of these tools is backed up by the local Aixtron team which has been responsive at all times, and we anticipate adding to our good working relationship in the months ahead.”
INER has built a working prototype that demonstrated energy conversion efficiency over 35%. It is accumulating the epitaxy manufacturing capabilities required for production of solar cells that will have conversion efficiencies of 45%.