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Solar solutions roll for thin-film generation

Posted: 27 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar cells  thin-film substrates  solar metallisation  solar power 


DEK Solar has revealed that its PV1200 photovoltaic metallisation platform is not only being deployed around the world to meet the challenges of silicon wafers but also, to meet the commercial challenges of thin-film substrates.

The emergence of new types of solar cells produced using thin-film technology presents solar manufacturers with a number of advantages including cost benefits against increasingly expensive silicon wafers. For example, thin-film technology enables solar cells to be constructed on flexible substrates, opening up many new opportunities to embed solar power generation into diverse commercial applications.

Working closely with influential producers, DEK has developed a range of metallisation solutions for thin-film substrates. Processes include precision deposition of silver epoxy compounds for metallisation, as well as the application of other active and interconnect layers, using printing techniques similar to those already proven in bulk silicon solar cell production.

"As the production of solar cells increases globally, producers need better and faster production technology, backed by shorter lead-times and customer support capable of supporting ongoing productivity," explains DEK's Alternative Energy Business Development Manager, Darren Brown.

Delivering 1200 cells-per-hour throughput, six-sigma process rating, 12.5 micron resolution and advanced handling capabilities, DEK's PV1200 solar metallisation line leverages the company's experience developing mass imaging platform products.

In addition, the DEK Solar metallisation line also benefits from a global network of support resources, spares hubs, applications expertise and field service technicians. DEK Solar customers also benefit from in-house screens capabilities, developing the precision technologies critical to the metallisation process in a state-of-the-art Class 10,000 clean room manufacturing facility.

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