FREUDENSTADT, Germany, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The world market leader is in the passing lane: With the license for SCHOTT's PERC technology, SCHMID has rounded off its production-ready technology portfolio and now supplies systems and processes for cells with an efficiency potential of over 20%, available as an individual upgrade or complete turnkey production line.
In 2011, SCHOTT, in cooperation with SCHMID, had proved that an efficiency of 20.2% can be achieved with Passivated Emitter and Rear Contact (PERC) cells produced solely using industry-proved processes. The process can be used on various wafer materials – mono and multi-crystalline as well as quasi-mono – and can be combined with other processes like new metallization concepts.
For mono-crystalline cells SCHMID has now specified a 20%+ production process. SCHMID covers the key processes for its high-efficiency cells, i.e. alkaline texturing, selective emitter etching and rear side passivation, as well as metallization, with systems from their own development and manufacture, which offer substantial cost-of-ownership benefits.
Low Operating Costs Through Best Possible Technology Solutions
Highlights of the production line are, for example, the Al2O3 rear side passivation using proven APCVD technology, for which the operating costs are unbeatably low of under 2$c per wafer thanks to the extremely high TMA conversion efficiency. Passivation with alternative technologies such as PECVD or any kind of ALD systems costs three to five times as much.
In metallization, SCHMID is focusing on the reduction of silver. On the rear side of the cell this expensive material is completely replaced by tin contacts using the TinPad system which saves up to 6$c per wafer. At the same time the underlying aluminum layer can be applied without openings. This gives the rear side of the cell a homogeneous, all-over back surface field which in turn leads to efficiency increases of up to 0.2%.
For metallization of the front side almost only contact-free methods are used. By applying a seed layer which is then electro-plated, the silver requirement is drastically reduced compared to standard screen printing methods.
Most wet-chemical systems such as texturing, selective emitter etching system or electro-plating are available as 10-track systems with a high throughput.
Individual Retrofitting Possible
Retrofitting existing cell production lines to 20%+ is carried out on the basis of an individual analysis conducted by SCHMID experts and is usually easy to realize.
Anyone in doubt about upgrading their complete production line is advised to first install SCHMID's TinPad. Because of the fast competitive edge it brings with an amortization time of under one year, this system has become a must-have.
Visit SCHMID at the Intersolar North America, Moscone Center North Hall, Booth 5357
SOURCE SCHMID Group