Posts Tagged ‘CIGS’

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Applied Materials kills the turnkey SunFab thin-film a-Si/mc-Si PV line, after failing to keep up with CdTe and CIGS thin-film technologies in efficiency and cost, taking ~$400M loss.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Intermolecular, the company that brought combinatorial chemistry to semiconductor manufacturing R&D, has expanded its focus to look at ways to improve basic manufacturing processes for photovoltaic (PV) fabs. “I think that the PV devices of 10 years from now will look significantly different from those of today,” said Intermolecular vice president and general manager of […]

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

After more than 5 years and US$500 million dollars invested, Nanosolar has emerged from secrecy to quell rumors that the company’s technology was all smoke and nanomirrors. This long-shot technology risk is now claimed to produce mean cell efficiencies of 11%, with a champion cell from a Gen3 line measured by NREL at 16%. The […]

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

It is always sunrise somewhere on our spinning sphere, and the sun is always changing too (see figure). There are always ups and downs in our world, and we learn to “make hay while the sun shines.” Where has the sun been shining lately? Photovoltaic (PV) and MEMS industries have continued to grow lately, as […]

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Veeco announced yesterday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Daiyang Metal of Korea, a leader in the production of cold rolled stainless steel, to be its supplier of equipment to manufacture CIGS solar cells. As a first milestone in this relationship, Daiyang has placed an initial multi-million dollar purchase order with Veeco […]

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Evident Technologies has announced the issuance of US Patent No. 7,482,059 covering the ability to synthesize a quantum dot with a metal layer which dramatically enhances the brightness and stability of a semiconductor nanocrystal complex. This advance of semiconductor materials science relies on a relatively low-cost colloidal formation processing, instead of needing epitaxial lattice-matching or […]