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.

August 10, 2011 – Marketwire — Despatch Industries, solar manufacturing equipment provider, 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 in photovoltaics manufacturing.

The technology opens up the firing process window, enabling more flexibility in upstream processes and metallization pastes. The operator controls the top and bottom of each firing zone, and each side of the cell can be fired at different temperatures. This decoupling technology allows solar cell manufacturers to adjust or modify firing to best suit paste type and solar cell architecture.

“Peak firing control is the most important contributor to reaching higher cell efficiencies,” explained Erik Anderson, product manager, Despatch Solar, following research conducted on customer cells and in the company.

Despatch Industries makes tools and technology for the solar cell manufacturing industry. For more information on Despatch, visit www.despatch.com.

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