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Printing Solar Profitability

Printing Solar Profitability

Solar installations are rocketing worldwide as solar electricity becomes cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels – it’s already happened in 105 countries. This is the tipping point where economics takes over from altruism and solar PV becomes a serious part of the global energy mix.The steady drop in cost-per-watt is great news for the end user and is enabled by simultaneous increases in cell efficiency and lower manufacturing costs.If you’re a cell manufacturer, though, dropping prices are a double-edged sword: strong demand is good, but you must continuously lower costs by improving your manufacturing processes in order to be profitable.So, in a fiercely competitive industry, how is this done?After the jump, we’ll look at a great example of how cell manufacturers can boost profitability using an emerging technique called “double printing”.
Advanced Solar Cells Boost Efficiencies and Lower Costs

Advanced Solar Cells Boost Efficiencies and Lower Costs

Cell manufacturers worldwide, are in the process of transitioning to advanced cell structures in order to boost cell efficiencies and drive down the cost per watt. The photovoltaic (PV) learning curve has traditionally seen a 20% decline in module prices for every doubling of total installed modules. While this rate of reduction has primarily been driven by scale, we are now at a point where cell efficiency will become crucial in accelerating cost reduction.
Save Materials, Save Costs

Save Materials, Save Costs

The photovoltaics industry has to be increasingly frugal with its raw materials in order to survive in the price war. The role model, as is often the case, is the microelectronics industry.Applied Materials Baccini, considered one of the leading equipment providers, was featured in the latest issue of Sun & Wind Energy Magazine. The following is a short excerpt of the article.
Applied Materials

Ordering Up Esatto

Applied Baccini Esatto Technology is seeing excellent traction across the globe. Customers around the world relay testimonials that Esatto is a recipe for success in developing next generation processes for higher efficiency solar cells.Esatto is a combination of hardware, software, qualified consumables and production proven processes that offers customers a low risk, production ready way to improve cell efficiency while maintaining and even lowering cost. Through Esatto Technology, Applied Baccini enables customers to conveniently and quickly enhance the efficiency of the c-Si solar cells produced by their exiting lines or future new installed lines.
Esatto: Technology Chefs Cook up Higher Performance

Esatto: Technology Chefs Cook up Higher Performance

In addition to market demand and government incentives, extremely advanced technologies are required to support the steadily decreasing price of power generated by photovoltaic (PV) cells. One of the most crucial technologies is the metallization on the two sides of the wafer to conduct the electrons, that is, electric power, out of the cell. This is mostly done with screen printing, where a conductive paste is forced through the openings of a fabric (called a screen) to establish contact with the wafer.