Solar

XsunX, Intevac to make CIGS equipment

XsunX and Intevac plan to jointly develop “a new breed” of manufacturing techniques and equipment for producing copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells.

September 22, 2009 – Thin-film PV solar cell manufacturer XsunX and deposition tool supplier Intevac say they will jointly develop and market “a new breed” of manufacturing techniques and equipmentintevac for producing copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells.

The plan is to adopt Intevac’s technology, developed for high-rate hard-disk drive production, which focuses on maintaining a relatively small (~5-in. square) deposition area, which XsunX says is “a significant challenge” in CIGS manufacturing.

“Intevac has the capacity to bring tremendous value to XsunX through their existing engineering and process development advancements,” said XsunX CEO Tom Djokovich, in a statement. “Likewise, our resources and expertise in the development of evaporative technologies, and the best processing parameters for the CIGS thin film layers, will help lay the foundation for the rapid development of this first-of-its-kind cross-industry technology.”

Intevac president/CEO Kevin Fairbairn added that his company also brings to the table experience with mainframe transport design from semicondcutor etch processes.