Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Roth & Rau AG and Innovalight have completed the installation of the world’s first silicon-ink based solar cell production line. The pilot manufacturing line was built and installed at Innovalight, in Sunnyvale, California and was brought up to operational capability through the last two months of 2008.
Roth & Rau installed the majority of the solar cell manufacturing equipment which has been integrated with Innovalight’s custom inkjet printing platform and silicon-ink manufacturing systems. This first pilot manufacturing platform installed at Innovalight has the capability of producing 10 megawatts of solar power and can be scaled to many hundreds of megawatts of electricity production.
“The potential to lower costs by combining Innovalight’s silicon-ink platform and conventional silicon solar cell technology is very impressive,” said Dr. Dietmar Roth, CEO of Roth & Rau. “Combining the strength of Roth & Rau’s manufacturing expertise and Innovalight’s silicon nanotechnology has enormous potential in the marketplace.”
Last March, RenewableEnergyWorld.com took a closer look at Innovalight’s silicon ink technologies and in an interview at the time, the company’s CEO Conrad Burke predicted cells may eventually be sold for US $1 per watt. To read that story, click the link above.