PVSEC

Applied Materials

Wafer Handling is Stressful

Ultra-thin wafer handling is a significant challenge for crystalline silicon cell manufacturing. Charlie Gay, president of Applied's Solar Business acknowledged this when Tom Cheyney of Photovoltaics International magazine asked him to comment on the extendibility of current mechanical handling techniques.
Industrializing Solar

Industrializing Solar

At the recent European Photovoltaic Industry Association conference (EU PVSEC), I had the opportunity to address attendees about the industrialization of solar energy. Through our experience in enabling the semiconductor and display industries, I was able to share Applied’s perspective on the three stages of growth in the evolution of any industry (a) development (b) scaling and (c) mainstream.
Ingot Squarer Speeds Productivity

Ingot Squarer Speeds Productivity

From PVSEC (Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference) showroom floor in Hamburg, Germany, Jean-Maurice Imbert the vice president and general manager of Applied Materials' Precision Wafering Systems division fills us in about Applied Materials' latest extension of its wafering technology - the new Applied HCT Diamond Squarer.
24th Annual PVSEC

24th Annual PVSEC

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel prices have fallen about 40% since the middle of last year, largely as a result of the improved supply of polysilicon which goes into crystalline-silicon-based panels. When the industry was constrained by limited production of polysilicon, the price reached over $300/kg. Now, the cost has fallen well below $100/kg and supplies are readily available for mass production — driving a continuing decline in panel prices.