Oerlikon Solar and Sun Well Solar, a subsidiary of CMC Magnetics, have finished the ramp-up of a 40 MW amorphous thin-film silicon production line – one month ahead of schedule. The Sun Well IEC certification was earned in October 2008.
According to the companies, the completion of the Sun Well production ramp-up marks the first successful end-to-end installation of a thin-film silicon production line within the PV industry. The plant produces over 1,250 panels – or 110 kW – per day. Oerlikon Solar and Sun Well have plans to expand Sun Well's production capacity in the future.
On this project, Oerlikon Solar implemented a front- and back-contact method in its production lines. A low-pressure chemical vapor deposition process was used to generate a transparent and conductive transparent conductive oxide layer. Oerlikon says these techniques provide superior performance.
SOURCE: Oerlikon Solar