photovoltaic processing

Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / September 18, 2012

Check ’em out: The CVD system coats solar panel substrates in the cycle. Credit: Fraunhofer IST. New processes for cost-efficient solar cell production The photovoltaic industry is pinning its hopes particularly on high-efficiency solar cells that can achieve efficiencies of up to 23 percent. These “HIT” cells (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) consist of a…

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DOE video: Why ARPA-E funded 1366’s direct wafer technology for photovoltaic units

By / April 29, 2010

I continue to be really impressed with 1366 Technologies’ technical work and and business strategy. Now DOE has put together a short (4 minutes) video about 1366’s Direct Wafer Technology silicon wafer production system and why ARPA-E has provided the company with $4 million to continue their efforts. There isn’t a lot of depth here,…

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1366 Technologies demonstrates directly manufactured silicon PV wafer

By / March 9, 2010

Last August I wrote about the typical 50% waste created when wire saws are used to slice silicon ingots into PV-suitable wafers, and research being conducted in Germany to lower that waste. Now 1366 Technologies, according to a story and video by Technology Review’s Kevin Bullis, is saying it might be able eliminate all saw…

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