Winchester, UK - Oerlikon Systems (Balzers, Liechtenstein) has received a large order for multiple SOLARIS crystalline silicon solar cell systems from a major European crystalline solar cell manufacturer.
The SOLARIS system which claims to offer various advantages with its revolutionary coating technology was introduced to the market a few weeks ago.
Oerlikon's new customer will use the SOLARIS system to increase their production capacity in North America. The system is scheduled for delivery during the coming year.
"Our original strategy of offering a compact, cost-effective platform with single wafer handling is proving to be a very popular solution with Photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer," said Andreas Dill, Head of Oerlikon Systems.
SOLARIS was designed for front and backside coating of crystalline silicon solar cells using clean PVD sputtering technology. The system's multi-layer capability allows passivation and SiN coating on the front side as well as coating of the backside with various materials. The system's small footprint (3.3 x 2.2 m) and easy integration into existing production lines give SOLARIS low 'cost of ownership' benefits.
"For this new client, the SOLARIS production solution provides a big step toward cost-effective production of solar cells. Ultimately, it will help PV technology - and the industry - achieve grid parity," explained Andreas Dill, Head of Oerlikon Systems.
The SOLARIS order was preceded by thorough evaluation tests, where the system's flexibility and reliably high output compared favorably with industry standard SiN coating solutions.
Oerlikon says its development teams are finalizing further mass-production solutions for touch screen panels, thermoelectric devices, and generators or thin film batteries (for the newest energy storage solutions).
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