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Trio to work on N-type solar cells

Posted: 03 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar cell? PV industry? silicon?

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Amtech Systems Inc. have announced a three-party research collaboration agreement to develop next-generation high*efficiency solar cells.

The joint project aims to develop and implement high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells, named PANDA, at Yingli Green's pilot production line in Baoding, China. The high efficiency cells will utilize the cell design of ECN, the solar diffusion technology and dry PSG removal expertise of Tempress Systems, Inc., Amtech's solar subsidiary, and Yingli Green's cell process technology. The construction of the pilot production line does not require significant capital expense, as it only requires moderate changes to the current production lines.

"Yingli Green Energy always strives to be at the forefront of the latest technological developments in the PV industry," said Liansheng Miao, chairman and CEO of Yingli Green. "To that end, we are very pleased to be entering into a cooperation that combines our strong commercialization capabilities with the strengths of a global research institution and a leading equipment supplier. We look forward to playing a crucial role in the introduction of the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells. PANDA aims at significantly raising the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells and at commercializing the new technology quickly on our production lines."

"We are very happy that ECN's technology for N-type crystalline silicon solar cells is going to be industrialized in cooperation with these ambitious partners with a long operating history in the PV industry," said Ton Hoff, chairman of the board of ECN.

J.S. Whang, president and CEO of Amtech, commented, "We are excited about this joint agreement with leaders in the industry and its potential to contribute to significant improvements in solar cell efficiency and bring solar energy closer to achieving grid parity. PANDA is true validation for Tempress' in-depth diffusion expertise and our capability for supplying reliable diffusion and automation equipment to the solar industry."

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