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.

Materials savings with a simultaneous increase in efficiency was also at the center of development work at Applied Materials (AMAT). At Intersolar this year, AMAT subsidiary Baccini presented its Esatto Double Print Technology with a view to increased efficiency. The technology enables an increase in efficiency of 0.5% in cell manufacturing and saves considerable amounts of costly silver solder, according to AMAT. The Esatto technology is already in use in several solar companies in China, Taiwan, and Europe and is reportedly poised to exceed the 2 GW mark in successful production within the next few months.

Visit the Sun & Wind Energy web site to access the full article.

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