Berlin, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Oerlikon Solar announced that Inventux Technologies AG is now the world’s first manufacturer to implement Oerlikon’s micromorph technology for the mass-production of thin-film silicon solar modules. Oerlikon and Inventux ramped up the Berlin facility this week, just seven months since installation began.
Oerlikon’s tandem-junction micromorph process will enable Inventux to produce up to 33 megawatts (MW) of highly efficient, cost-effective thin-film silicon PV solar modules per year.
Oerlikon Solar’s micromorph process boosts solar cell efficiency by adding a second microcrystalline absorber to the amorphous silicon (a-Si) layer. This layer converts the energy of the red- and near-infrared spectrum, facilitating efficiency increases of up to 50 percent.
“We were extremely impressed at how quickly and professionally Oerlikon Solar’s expert team was able to ready our factory for mass production,” said Volko Loewenstein, chairman of Inventux. “This experience gives us a great deal of confidence in our plans to expand our micromorph manufacturing capacity to 100 MW in the near future.”