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Asian solar cell maker orders multiple BTU International hydrogen annealing furnaces

BTU International won an order for multiple hydrogen annealing furnaces from an Asian solar cell manufacturer, which uses the hydrogen annealing process to extract value from solar cells that otherwise had inferior cell efficiency.

April 29, 2011 — BTU International (NQ:BTUI), advanced thermal processing equipment supplier for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, won an order for multiple hydrogen annealing furnaces from a major Asian solar cell manufacturer.

“Because of the hydrogen annealing process, this customer now is able to extract value from solar cells that otherwise had inferior cell efficiency,” said David Wong, Ph.D., BTU International’s chief solar scientist. “Working closely with our process engineers in Shanghai, our customer saw a significant increase in absolute cell efficiency after hydrogen annealing, especially on Class B cells. The results were so consistent that multiple units were ordered.”

BTU has more than 125 hydrogen furnaces in operation in the semiconductor, nuclear and other industries. BTU International supplies advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics assembly markets: manufacturing solar cells and nuclear fuel as well as the production of printed circuit board assemblies and semiconductor packaging. Information about BTU International is available at www.btu.com.

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