31 Aug '11, 1pm

Applied Launches Solar Tools To Meet Greater Demand for Efficient Cells

The new line is called Baccini Pegaso, and it covers equipment for screen printing metal lines (commonly silver), a dryer, defect inspection, and testing and sorting silicon solar cells. The metal lines serve as the highways that conduct and transport the electrons out of the cells. Printing them with precision is important to makes sure they don’t cover up the cell surface that should be exposed to the sun to generate electricity. The Santa Clara, Calif., company already sells Baccini-branded tools for these steps. In fact, Applied claims to be the top supplier of screen printing systems and says about 75 percent of the silicon solar cells made today come from its Baccini equipment. But Pegaso is the next-generation system which, unlike other Baccini lines, comes with dual lanes – instead of a single track – for screen-printing silicon wafers. Two lines of wafers can move...

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