14 Apr '11, 3pm

Solar Manufacturing Secret: Schiller Automation: Solar panels and solar farms are the visible face of solar. B...

Solar Manufacturing Secret: Schiller Automation: Solar panels and solar farms are the visible face of solar. B...

Builders of solar panels need to focus on technology processes, assembling, testing and shipping their product. The minutiae of the equipment used to make these products materialize are important, but they are not the core focus of these firms. If you tour the factory floor of a modern solar plant, you'll likely find a paucity of people and a lot of automated equipment. Ever wonder where that equipment comes from and how it gets made? Standard machinery for commodity-level photovoltaics comes from Applied Materials, Oerlikon, Roth & Rau or others. But what about custom equipment that one might see in the new breed of photovoltaic firms like First Solar, Solyndra, MiaSole, NanoSolar or Solaria? There is no standard tool set for CIGS or CdTe or CPV or even a-Si. Where do manufacturing tools for those firms come from? They can't be bought off the shelf. Companies are faced wi...

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