Varian Semiconductor and Astronergy noted that after just two months into their partnership to improve cell efficiency and to streamline the solar cell manufacturing process they have developed and characterized a new production process using Varian’s Solion ion implant system.
The process is in full production and is said to provide nearly a 1% gain in crystalline silicon solar cell efficiency while also abridging the manufacturing process by decreasing the process steps. Dr. Liyou Yang, CEO of Astronergy said, “We have a history of technology firsts in thin-film cell production. Eclipsing 19% efficiency is a significant milestone to our crystalline product line. Through improving cell manufacturing technology, Astronergy is striving to be one of the leading providers in PV industry”.