Turnkey Solar Cell Manufacturing Line Off to India

After Applied Films joined the alliance of photovoltaic (PV) industry equipment suppliers led by Gebr. Schmid GmbH in October 2005, the Alliance announced receipt of its first order for a turnkey PV production line. Based on the environmentally friendly Applied Films sputter technology, the line supports a 40-megawatt (MW) fabrication of wafer-based solar cells and modules, expandable to 80 MW.

Schmid, the general contractor, will guarantee the overall performance of this line, said to be the largest of its kind in India. The customer plans to manufacture both wafer-based solar cells and modules. In a fully integrated horizontal inline production process, the Applied Films ATON system deposits the antireflective and passivation layer necessary for the production of solar cells. “With India added to our installations map, Applied Films has now reached an excellent global coverage of our ATON systems,” said Jo Nell, Executive Vice President of Applied Films and responsible for Applied Films’ global solar activities. For each step, from substrate cleaning to cell formation processes and the assembly of wafer-based solar modules, Schmid will guarantee the performance and efficiency of the cells and modules manufactured on this production line. “With Applied Films, a strong partner has joined our alliance,” said Christian Schmid, CEO and Managing Director of Schmid. “This form of cooperation in combination with the use of best-of-breed systems within the scope of our alliance will allow us to realize many more joint projects worldwide this year.”
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