Veeco Instruments Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with Daiyang Metal Co. Ltd. of Korea, a producer of cold rolled stainless steel, to be its supplier of equipment to manufacture copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) solar cells.
Daiyang has placed an initial multimillion dollar purchase order with Veeco for its complement of FastFlex web-coating systems to build a thin-film CIGS solar cell production line in Yesan, Korea. This complement of tools comprises one molybdenum deposition system, one transparent conductive oxide deposition system and two CIGS deposition systems. Veeco currently expects to ship these systems during the fourth quarter of this year, after which it expects to firm up a follow-on order with Daiyang.
SOURCES: Veeco, Daiyang