New Product at EUPVSEC: Firing systems for solar cell metallization

Rehm Thermal Systems launched a new series of firing systems for solar cell metallization designed to improve efficiency and yield through a combination of process features and thermal control capabilities.

Rehm Thermal Systems launched a new series of firing systems for solar cell metallization designed to improve efficiency and yield through a combination of process features and thermal control capabilities.
 
The RFS and RFS-D Fast Firing Systems recently completed exhaustive testing by the renowned Fraunhofer Institute ISE. The systems feature very high throughput rates (e.g. transport speeds up to 6m/minute and multiple lanes) to maximize productivity. They also feature flexible transport systems that enable single, dual and triple lane handling of wafers. An Integrated residue management system maintains a clean process chamber and extends maintenance intervals. Profile control and process monitoring, includes reference products for baseline profiling. Rehm Visu2 software including traceability tools, remote diagnostics and an extensive product library.
 
Unique gas management improves thermal transfer efficiency without using supplemental heaters. This reduces energy consumption and increases system insulation; all contributing to improved COO.
 
Marc Dalderup, Rehm CCO explains further. “Though the Rehm brand name might not be widely recognized among PV cell manfacturers, we have over 200 curing and drying systems in production in factories worldwide right now. Rehm’s twenty year history of advanced thermal engineering and our best-in-class process philosophy has now been applied to these new firing furnaces. Our technology and experienced global support network offer significant pportunities for PV manufacturers to move to the next level of yield and efficiency.” Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH, Leinenstraße 7, D-89143 Blaubeuren-Seissen.
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