Intevac Inc. says it has acquired Solar Implant Technologies (SIT), developer of a new concept for a compact ion implant module to provide improved doping of silicon photovoltaic cells.
Ion implant technology, which has been used in semiconductor manufacturing, has recently been adapted for use in the manufacturing of photovoltaic cells to improve the conversion efficiency of silicon cells. However, the equipment currently available in the market generally does not meet the productivity or capital cost of ownership needs of the solar market, according to Intevac. ladyx
The company believes the combination of its high-productivity platform, Lean Solar, with SIT's ion implant module will allow the solar industry to reduce the cost per watt of solar modules by enabling the high-rate production of higher-conversion-efficiency cells.