Oerlikon Solar, a Pfaffikon, Switzerland-headquartered supplier of thin-film production equipment, has announced the development of a transparent conductive oxide process.
The fully developed transparent conductive oxide (TCO) 1,200 coating consists of light-transmitting layers acting as electrodes and light traps that are key components in thin- film silicon modules, Oerlikon Solar explains.
The first solar factory of this new generation has been built in Erfurt, Germany, according to the company. Production is expected to start in August.
‘This customer activity further solidifies our leadership position over our competitors in the marketplace,’ says Uwe Kruger, chief executive officer of Oerlikon. ‘By introducing this unique TCO technology, we become the first to market and advance the performance of thin-film silicon modules together with our customers.’