Oerlikon Solar says Inventux Technologies AG has become the world's first manufacturer to implement its micromorph technology for the mass production of thin-film silicon solar modules.
Oerlikon's tandem-junction micromorph process will enable Inventux to produce up to 33 MW of highly efficient thin-film silicon PV solar modules per year.
The technology, Oerlikon says, significantly boosts solar cell efficiency by adding a second microcrystalline absorber to the amorphous silicon layer. This layer converts the energy of the red- and near-infrared spectrum, facilitating efficiency increases of up to 50%. Another feature of Oerlikon's micromorph cell structure is its compatibility in production facilities, which enables a modular upgrade path from amorphous to higher module efficiencies.
SOURCE: Oerlikon Solar