GT Solar DSS650 multicrystalline ingot growth system increases throughput

GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOLR) commercially released the DSS650, the newest version of its multicrystalline ingot growth systems for the solar PV industry. The DSS650 produces ingots greater than 600 kilograms.

January 19, 2011 – BUSINESS WIREGT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets, commercially released the DSS650, the newest version of its multicrystalline ingot growth systems for the solar PV industry. The DSS650 produces ingots greater than 600 kilograms.

Click to EnlargeThe DSS650 furnace is a product of GT Solar’s advanced R&D and production engineering. GT Solar reports that the DSS650 exhibits high system reliability and performance. The DSS650 produces the PV industry’s largest ingots at a proven reliability level sufficient for high-volume commercial production, according to the company. The taller form factor of the bricks optimizes and improves the utilization of the wafer saw beam.

The DSS650 also incorporates new changes to its proprietary hot zone technology, which improve system performance and control during the ingot growth process, and optimize the new process recipe required to produce larger ingots in high volume PV production environments.

“Our field-tested DSS650 sets a new standard for cost-effective, high volume, multicrystalline silicon ingot growth systems greater than 600 kilograms, which help PV manufacturers lower their production costs and improve their competitive position. As the leading provider of PV crystalline growth technology and services with over 2,200 DSS systems in the field, GT Solar provides a path to high volume production and a lower cost of ownership,” said Tom Gutierrez, GT Solar’s president and CEO.

Customers can upgrade their current DSS furnaces to take advantage of the higher throughput and performance of the new DSS650. GT Solar received its first order for the new systems from Korea-based PV manufacturer Nexolon, which will install the new DSS650 as part of their wafer capacity expansion program.

GT Solar International Inc. is a global provider of polysilicon production technology and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets. For additional information about GT Solar, please visit www.gtsolar.com.

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