solar cell efficiency

The Chinese Solar Machine

The Chinese Solar Machine

A notable development in the renewable energy industry has been the swift ascendency of China in solar cell manufacturing. It took under five years for Chinese manufacturers to dominate production and the global market. Many of these manufacturers are Applied Materials customers. So, when MIT’s Technology Review started to research their February cover feature on “manufacturing breakthroughs” that includes a look at China’s leadership in solar, they reached out to Applied for perspective. Applied EVP and GM for the Energy and Environmental Solutions team, Mark Pinto discussed with Technology Review the evolution of China’s solar industry and how it is changing to being driven by not only scale but also technology advancements in conversion efficiency to reduce cost.
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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.
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2010 Crystalline Solar Predictions

My unofficial 2010 Solar Predictions. Before we start, an author’s safe harbor statement: these predictions are necessarily forward-looking statements and, since the future can be temperamental, any prediction that does not exactly match can and will be graciously excused.
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Clear Skies Ahead

Recent news from Spectrolab Inc., asserts that a triple junction solar cell has achieved the world record in efficiency, converting 41.6% of sunlight into electricity. While tremendously impressive and promising, this technology is targeted for implementation in space. Our focus at Applied is on achieving breakthrough efficiencies for rooftop and utility photovoltaics applications. We must achieve this with efficient and low cost manufacturing technologies capable of converting the most electrons for your solar buck.