PRTODAY / NewswireToday Free press release distribution service network

Written by / Agency / Source: Imec

Check Ads Availability|e-mail Article


Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!

Imec and Meco Present High Efficiency and Cost-effective Copper Technology for i-PERC-type Silicon Solar Cells - New large area cells (156x156mm2) achieve 20.5% average efficiency using Nickel/Copper plating on p-type Czochralski Silicon (Cz-Si) material - BESI.com / imec.be
Imec and Meco Present High Efficiency and Cost-effective Copper Technology for i-PERC-type Silicon Solar Cells

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Leuven, Belgium, 2013/09/30 - New large area cells (156x156mm2) achieve 20.5% average efficiency using Nickel/Copper plating on p-type Czochralski Silicon (Cz-Si) material - BESI.com / imec.be.

   
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Electronics/Instrumentation/RFID Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

At this week’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EUPVSEC in Paris), imec, a nanoelectronics research center based in Belgium, and Meco, a supplier of plating equipment for semiconductor and solar industry, present large area (156x156mm2) i-PERC-type silicon solar cells with industry-applicable Nickel/Copper (Ni/Cu) plating for the front contacts. Together, the companies achieved an excellent average efficiency of 20.5% on more than 100 cells, and a maximum efficiency of 20.7% (confirmed by ISE callab).

“Not only do these results show a considerable performance improvement compared to state-of-the-art screen-printed PERC cells, but our Cost-of-Ownership analysis also indicates a clear advantage on the financial level,” stated Jozef Szlufcik, Department director silicon photovoltaics at imec. “Our results show that Ni/Cu plating is one of the few new technologies that can simultaneously improve the efficiency of PERC solar cells, while reducing processing cost.”

The cells were processed on imec’s solar cell pilot line using Meco’s inline plating tool to deposit the Ni/Cu front contacts. The metallization process of the Ni/Cu stack included Ultraviolet (UV) laser ablation, sequential in-line plating of the metal layers and contact annealing. The resulting i-PERC solar cell achieved an average efficiency of 20.5% on more than 100 cells with a very low standard deviation of only 0.1percent and an average fill factor of 80 percent, validating the high quality of the front contacts.

We now have the advantage of using Meco’s industrial plating techniques and tools that were not available to earlier Ni/Cu adopters,” stated Richard Russell, Metallization module leader at imec. “This gives us the opportunity to develop a more robust and cheaper process than was previously possible.”

“We are elated to have achieved these excellent results in the framework of imec’s industrial affiliation program on advanced silicon photovoltaics aiming at a reduction of the cost/Watt-peak (Wp)”, stated Martijn Zwegers, Product manager solar at Meco. “Collaborating within imec’s industrial ecosystem enables us to accommodate our advanced plating tools to industrial processing.”

About imec
Imec (imec.be) performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of more than 2,000 people includes more than 650 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2012, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 320 million euro.

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited).

About Meco
Meco Equipment Engineers is a world-leading supplier of plating equipment (with an installed base of 700 systems in 34 countries) for the semiconductor, solar, connector and film & foil industry. Over the years, these systems have established an international reputation for high performance, outstanding reliability, top quality and unbeatable economy. Meco is a subsidiary of BE Semiconductor Industries (BESI), with facilities in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, US, Korea, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. BESI (besi.com) has a staff of nearly 1,500 people and a revenue (2012) of € 274 million.

Contact: Meco
Martijn Zwegers, Product Manager Solar
T : +31 416 384 629 / M: +31 6 22600793
E: martijn.zwegers[.]besi.com.

 
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Electronics/Instrumentation/RFID Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

Written by / Agency / Source: Imec

 
 

Availability: All Regions (Including Int'l)

 

Traffic Booster: [/] Quick Newswire Today Visibility Checker

 

Distribution / Indexing: [+] / [Company listed above is a registered member of our network. Content made possible by PRZOOM / PRTODAY indexing services]

 
 
# # #
 
 
  Your Banner Ad showing on ALL
Electronics/Instrumentation/RFID articles,
CATCH Visitors via Your Competitors Announcements!


Imec and Meco Present High Efficiency and Cost-effective Copper Technology for i-PERC-type Silicon Solar Cells

Company website links NOT available to basic submissions
It is OK to republish and/or LINK any newswire for any legitimate media purpose as long as you name Newswire Today and LINK as the source.
 
  Is this your article?
Activate ALL web links and social stream by Upgrading to Press Release PREMIUM Plan Now!

Silicon Solar Cells | Imec
Publisher Contact: Hanne Degans - imec.be 
+32 16 28 17 69 / +32 486 065 175 (mobile) hanne.degans[.]imec.be
 
Newswire Today - PRZOOM / PRTODAY disclaims any content contained in this article. If you need/wish to contact the company who published the current release, you will need to contact them - NOT us. Issuers of articles are solely responsible for the accuracy of their content. Our complete disclaimer appears here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Issuance, publication or distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions could be subject to restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release and the information herein in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations in the particular jurisdiction. This press release does not constitute an offer or an offering to acquire or subscribe for any Imec securities in any jurisdiction including any other companies listed or named in this release.

Electronics/Instrumentation/RFID via RSSAdd NewswireToday - PRZOOM Headline News to FeedBurner
Find who RetweetFollow @NewswireTODAY



Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!


Read Latest Articles From Imec / Company Profile


Read Electronics/Instrumentation/RFID Most Recent Related Newswires:

Frost & Sullivan Commends Keysight's Growth in Calibration and Repair Services from its New Customer-centric Solutions
Imec Develops 3D-Compatible Germanium nMOS Gate stack with High Mobility and Superior Reliability
Curtiss-Wright to Expand Position in Data Acquisition & FTI Markets with Acquisition of Teletronics Technology Corporation
Datalogic Receives Top Honor At Inspect Awards 2017
Leonardo Sees Surge in Export Orders for Man-portable Laser Designators from US and Europe
Imec Demonstrates World’s First Vertically Stacked Gate-all-Around Si Nanowire CMOS Transistors
GE Ventures, Microsemi and Corning Partner to Launch Menlo Micro and Next Generation of Electronic Switching
Frost & Sullivan Commends LeEco for Driving Innovation in the North American Smart Technologies Market
Malvern Instruments and PANalytical to Merge
Bruker Announces Corporate Partnership with International Phenome Centre Network (IPCN) for NMR Technologies and SOPs
Predictive and Control Capabilities through IoT Rapidly Expand Global Growth Opportunities for Sensors Finds Frost & Sullivan
IDEX Showcased the World’s First Flexible Touch Fingerprint Sensor for SmartCards and Receives Massive Industry Interest
Endress+Hauser Consult AG Introduces Proline 300/500 - Flow Measuring Technology for the Future
Lipigas Delivers Enhanced Interactive and Visual Mobile Self-Service Portal Using Joint Visual IVR Solution from Dialogic and Telectronic
Customized Electronic Ticket Solutions Simplify Daily Commute in Russian Cities

Boost Your Social Network
& Crowdfunding Campaigns


LIFETIME SOCIAL MEDIA WALL
NewswireToday Celebrates 10 Years in Business


PREMIUM Members


Visit  BizJobs.com

Visit  La Bella Bakery Artisan Bakery Arizona





 
  ©2016 Newswire Today — Limelon Advertising, Co.
Home | About | Advertise/Pricing | Contact | Investors | Privacy/TOS | Sitemap | FRANCAIS
newswire, PR free press releases distribution service magazines engine news alert newsroom press room breaking news public relations articles company news alerts newswiredistribution ezine bizentrepreneur biznewstoday digital business report market search pr firms agencies reports distri-bution today investor relation successful internet entrepreneurs newswire distribution prtoday.com freenewswiredistribution asianewstoday bizwiretoday USA pr UK today - NOT affiliated with PRNewswire as we declined their partnership offer in 2013
 
PRTODAY & NewswireTODAY are NOT affiliated with USA TODAY (usatoday.com)