Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Success in the thin film division

Abstract:
Centrotherm Photovoltaics achieves 13 percent efficiency for mass production

- Patented production process translates to competitive advantages
- Pilot plant enables efficient technology transfer to production

Success in the thin film division

Blaubeuren | Posted on August 10th, 2009

centrotherm photovoltaics AG has succeeded in raising its cell efficiency to 13 percent based on its own equipment and process know-how in its thin film division. The company obtained this outcome using a process that can be implemented for mass production, and consequently expects efficiencies of up to 12 percent for its turnkey lines for industrial manufacturing of 1.5 m˛ thin film modules. As a result, the technology equipment provider for the production of solar silicon, crystalline solar cells and CIGS (copper indium gallium diselenide) thin film modules is pursuing its corporate goal of cutting costs per watt peak in its thin film division too.

The company is advancing highly efficient CIGS thin film technology because this enables centrotherm to offer its customers the highest efficiencies currently available, accompanied by low production costs at the same time. In addition - by comparison with other manufacturing technologies - the new CIGS module manufacturing process does not entail toxic process gases.

"The efficiencies for thin film modules already achieved in laboratories demonstrate the potentials this technology holds. The challenge, however, is to make the leap from laboratory to mass production," explained Dr. Peter Fath, CTO of centrotherm photovoltaics. "Our advantage in CIGS technology lies in simple and robust process management, and selection process steps that can be transferred easily from small areas to larger ones."

The centrotherm photovoltaics Group maintains its own thin film research and development laboratory in Blaubeuren, where a complete CIGS pilot production plant for 0.1 m˛ thin film modules has been in operation since 2008. The photovoltaics experts from Blaubeuren use 1.5 m˛ modules in the thin film area because these offer optimal production and assembly costs at the targeted efficiencies, thereby enabling customers to achieve competitive production conditions over the longer term. The modules, which are constructed as glass- glass sandwiches, are produced on the basis of a patented two-step process. In the first step, the metallic films are removed in sputtering plants. Conversion to the CIGS crystal phase occurs in a second, thermal step. This process management makes a significant contribution to efficient manufacturing that is accompanied by low production costs and high efficiencies at the same time.

"The success of our division, which is still in its infancy, shows that we are on the right path with our research and development investments, and the expansion of this area," Fath went on to comment.

The first turnkey CIGS production line with an annual capacity of more than 30 MW is currently being commissioned and ramped up at an Asian customer. With an area of 1.5 m˛, the intention is that, by 2009, this will be the first, and to date largest, CIGS module to be manufactured on a mass production basis.

####

About Centrotherm Photovoltaics
Headquartered in Blaubeuren, Germany, centrotherm photovoltaics AG is one of
the world's leading technology and equipment providers for the manufacturing of
solar silicon, crystalline solar cells and CIGS thin film modules. The broad
product spectrum comprises key equipment and turnkey production lines for
crystalline and thin-film solar cells. The product range is supplemented by
reactors and converters for the manufacturing of solar silicon. centrotherm
photovoltaics guarantees its customers important performance parameters such as
production capacity, degree of efficiency, and completion deadlines for turnkey
lines. The Group employs around 1,100 staff members, and operates in Europe,
Asia and the USA. centrotherm photovoltaics achieved revenue in the 2008
financial year of EUR 375 million, EBIT of EUR 56 million*, and is listed in
the TecDax of the Frankfurt Securities Exchange.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Company contact:
Saskia Schultz-Ebert
Senior Manager Investor Relations
Tel: +49 7344 918-8890


Press contact:
Christina Siebels, Grit Pauli
HOSCHKE & CONSORTEN Public Relations GmbH
Tel: +49 40 3690 50-58 /-31


Copyright © www.ots.at

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals to Webcast Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Results July 27th, 2017

Strange electrons break the crystal symmetry of high-temperature superconductors: Brookhaven Lab scientists discover spontaneous voltage perpendicular to applied current that may help unravel the mystery of high-temperature superconductors July 27th, 2017

Getting closer to porous, light-responsive materials: A new flexible material changes its porous nature when exposed to light July 27th, 2017

First Capacitive Transducer with 13nm Gap July 27th, 2017

Thin films

Graduate Students from Across the Country Attend Hands-on NanoCamp: Prominent scientists Warren Oliver, Ph.D., and George Pharr, Ph.D., presented a weeklong NanoCamp for hand-picked graduate students across the United States July 26th, 2017

Studying Argon Gas Trapped in Two-Dimensional Array of Tiny "Cages": Understanding how individual atoms enter and exit the nanoporous frameworks could help scientists design new materials for gas separation and nuclear waste remediation July 17th, 2017

Thinking thin brings new layering and thermal abilities to the semiconductor industry: In a breakthrough for the semiconductor industry, researchers demonstrate a new layer transfer technique called "controlled spalling" that creates many thin layers from a single gallium nitride July 11th, 2017

Nanometrics Expands Position in Advanced Memory Devices with Atlas for Thin Film Process Control: Atlas Films Systems Adopted by Multiple Customers for Advanced Memory Volume Manufacturing July 11th, 2017

Announcements

Rice U. scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments: Paper details developments toward high-temperature batteries July 27th, 2017

Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing: New approach yields long-lasting configurations that could provide long-sought “qubit” material July 27th, 2017

Atomic discovery opens door to greener, faster, smaller electronic circuitry: Scientists find way to correct communication pathways in silicon chips, making them perfect July 27th, 2017

Physicists gain new insights into nanosystems with spherical confinement: Enormous potential for the targeted delivery of pharmaceutical agents and the creation of tailored nanoparticles July 27th, 2017

Energy

Strange electrons break the crystal symmetry of high-temperature superconductors: Brookhaven Lab scientists discover spontaneous voltage perpendicular to applied current that may help unravel the mystery of high-temperature superconductors July 27th, 2017

'Upconverted' light has a bright future: Rice University professor developing plasmon-powered devices for medicine, security, solar cells July 17th, 2017

Making two out of one: FAU researchers have explained the mechanism behind a process that can increase the efficiency of organic solar cells July 12th, 2017

Argonne National Laboratory’s Continuous ALD Technology Licensed Exclusively to Forge Nano July 7th, 2017

Solar/Photovoltaic

'Upconverted' light has a bright future: Rice University professor developing plasmon-powered devices for medicine, security, solar cells July 17th, 2017

Making two out of one: FAU researchers have explained the mechanism behind a process that can increase the efficiency of organic solar cells July 12th, 2017

Thinking thin brings new layering and thermal abilities to the semiconductor industry: In a breakthrough for the semiconductor industry, researchers demonstrate a new layer transfer technique called "controlled spalling" that creates many thin layers from a single gallium nitride July 11th, 2017

Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles research-Ben-Gurion U. June 21st, 2017

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project