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World News | January 2012

Second generation thin-fab has set industry record

Oerlikon Solar has claimed that its second generation ThinFab has reset the standard for low-cost, high-quality solar module manufacturing. The new design allows a capital expenditure (capex) reduction of over 20 per cent. The estimated price for the complete end-to-end production line is just $1/Wp including engineering support and performance guarantees. The production line enables customers to produce high quality thin-film silicon modules for around $0.5/Wp, a new record-low in the solar industry.

Key improvements increased manufacturing line output, guaranteed higher module efficiency and new narrow-gap reactor design for silicon deposition. Compared to other solar manufacturing processes, production of the thin-film silicon modules requires the least amount of energy. The 'energy payback time' is less than one year. The silicon modules gain advantages under real operational conditions, e.g., high temperatures, where the efficiency of crystalline solar cells declines significantly. Also, they do not contain toxic additives like cadmium and have further potential to increase efficiency and productivity.

It will be officially launched at the World Future Energy Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi at the Swiss Pavilion from 16-19 January 2012. The company will also announce a new high efficiency record thin film silicon cell.
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