Applied Materials Wants To Accelerate Solar Innovation

Applied Materials, Inc. recently announced the opening of its SunFab Technology Center, a photovoltaic (PV) research and development facility dedicated to next generation solar technology applications.

The company says that the 2,000m2 center, located in Alzenau, Germany, features state-of-the-art solar module manufacturing equipment, including Applied Materials’ PECVD and ATON PVD systems, laser tools and fab automation software. It includes a complete sequence of equipment that is representative of the Applied SunFab Thin Film Line for large-volume manufacturing of solar circuits.

The facility will serve as Applied Materials’ principal solar research and development center with a focus on boosting module conversion efficiency and lowering production costs. In addition, the facility will provide customers with the capability to evaluate and test key systems and processes, and will enhance the existing crystalline silicon and thin film manufacturing capabilities in the region.

“This center is a demonstration of Applied Materials’ commitment to accelerating the growth of the solar market, advancing PV technology and reducing the cost of solar energy,” said Mark Pinto, senior vice president, chief technology officer and general manager, Applied Materials’ Energy and Environmental Solutions group. “Our customers need to rapidly reach high volume production to meet the demands of the growing market and this facility will enable them to do that quickly and efficiently.”

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