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Singulus upgrades wet-chemical etch/clean to IPA-free

Singulus upgrades wet-chemical etch/clean to IPA-free

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES modified its SILEX wet-chemical batch silicon cleaning and etch system, introducing an Isopropanol (IPA)-free texturing process for mono-crystalline silicon solar cell fab.
Solar cell efficiency improved via firing furnace control tech from Despatch

Solar cell efficiency improved via firing furnace control tech from Despatch

Despatch Industries launched SolectFire technology, integrated into its CF Series firing furnace platform. Efficiency gains of up to 0.09% were acheived when SolectFire controlled the firing step, and the technology enables new pastes and firing processes.
XsunX CIGS solar cell device surpasses 14% conversion efficiency

XsunX CIGS solar cell device surpasses 14% conversion efficiency

XsunX announced that its CIGS thin film solar cell technology, associated with the use of thermal co-evaporation techniques to produce the CIGS solar absorbing layer, acheived 14% efficiency, then 15.09% a week later. (Updated November 9, 2010)
CIGS thin-film PV tech reaches 17.4% efficiency

CIGS thin-film PV tech reaches 17.4% efficiency

Solibro GmbH, a subsidiary of Q-Cells SE, has acheived 17.4% power conversion efficiency with its thin-film copper/indium/gallium/selenide (CIGS) Q.SMART PV module technology.
Canadian Solar MWT solar cells hit 19.5% efficiency

Canadian Solar MWT solar cells hit 19.5% efficiency

Solar module maker Canadian Solar used DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes from DuPont Microcircuit Materials in its ELPS cells, acheiving 19.5% solar cell conversion efficiency for c-Si cells using metal wrap through (MWT) technology.
DEK Solar print process leads to 19.4% c-Si PV cell

DEK Solar print process leads to 19.4% c-Si PV cell

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH, Emmerthal, Germany) used DEK Solar's PVP1200 print platform and specialized screens to acheive 19.4% crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) cell efficiency.
Utility-scale Solar Power

Utility-scale Solar Power

'The technological breakthroughs we have acheived coupled with our expertise, has enabled us to take a qualitative leap forward in our power tower technology.'
Thin film CIGS PV maker orders Dark Field inspection tools

Thin film CIGS PV maker orders Dark Field inspection tools

Dark Field Technologies won an order for multiple thin film PV inspection and metrology systems with a value in excess of US$500,000 from a top tier manufacturer of high-efficiency copper indium gallium di-selenide (CIGS) solar cells.
MiaSole CIGS PV panels hit 13% efficiency in volume production

MiaSole CIGS PV panels hit 13% efficiency in volume production

MiaSole is in volume production of 13% efficiency copper/indium/gallium/selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at its Silicon Valley facility. Production panel efficiency has increased by 30% in 2011, and cost/Watt was reduced about 30% as well.
PV fab process control: Benefits and challenges

PV fab process control: Benefits and challenges

David Genova, Rudolph Technologies, discusses process control software in solar photovoltaics manufacturing. The benefits of improved operations and competitiveness can be acheived, but some fabs will need to put in some IT work.