Colorado, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] iTi Solar, a manufacturer of industrial inkjet technologies has been selected by Solarcoating Machinery GmbH (ScM), a supplier of turnkey production line solutions for flexible solar cell fabrication, to provide the first digital inkjet system for its integrated roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing production line. iTi Solar will provide ScM with precision digital industrial inkjet systems that should improve production efficiencies and reduce manufacturing costs.
iTi Solar’s industrial single-pass inkjet printing technology will be integrated into ScM’s flexible, roll-to-roll manufacturing line process allowing manufacturers to print on photovoltaic solar cells.
“Solar cell manufacturers around the world want to produce quality, high-efficiency solar cells that enable solar energy to cost-effectively compete with traditional energy sources,” said Thomas Kolbusch, managing director, ScM GmbH. “We believe inkjet technologies represent a powerful tool in reducing manufacturing costs and improving efficiency. iTi Solar’s substantial knowledge, expertise and proven leadership in industrial inkjet technologies and their focus on applying these technologies to solar cell manufacturing systems made them our clear choice.”
Inkjet technology is emerging as an adaptable, precise printing method for solar that advances solar cell manufacturing processes while reducing costs by minimizing materials usage and waste through the use of non-contact, digitally controlled, additive materials deposition. Inkjet is applicable to both rigid silicon-based and flexible thin-film photovoltaic cells.