- Category: Technology
05 Jun 2009
- Published on Friday, 05 June 2009 09:01
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Optomec has announced that the company’s Aerosol Jet deposition system has been selected to be part of the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Atmospheric Processing Platform in the Process Development and Integration Lab (PDIL).
The Aerosol Jet system will be used primarily to develop deposition processes for metallization and coatings to reduce cost of production from crystalline silicon and thin film solar cells. The system has been proven to increase the efficiencies of silicon solar cells by producing narrower, higher integrity collector lines with reduced shadowing effects.
The technology enables fine feature, non-contact printing of advanced photovoltaic materials onto non-planar surfaces without the need for masks or resists. Because of its non-contact nature, the system can print on thinner silicon wafers, providing a higher manufacturing yield compared to wafer breakage caused by contact screen printing.
In addition to functional gains, Aerosol Jet is also projected to dramatically reduce the overall Cost of Ownership versus screen printing
The PDIL is located within the new Science and Technology Facility at NREL’s facility in Golden, Colorado. It brings together technical experts from NREL, the solar industry, and universities to access a unique equipment, development and analysis infrastructure.
The PDIL provides researchers with unique capabilities for fabricating and studying a wide range of solar cell technologies. This collaborative facility brings together a state-of-the-art suite of deposition, processing, and characterization tools.
- Katrice R. Jalbuena