02 Mar '12, 7pm

Oerlikon Divests its Solar Business and the Fate of Amorphous Silicon PV: Amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology

Oerlikon Divests its Solar Business and the Fate of Amorphous Silicon PV: Amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology

Amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology has a troubled commercial track record. There was the the faceplant of Silicon Valley semiconductor giant, Applied Materials , its customers, and its a-Si photovoltaic efforts. Recently, Novasolar , the reincarnation of Optisolar, furloughed its employees, and ECD , with one of the longest money-losing streaks of any corporate entity, declared bankruptcy. Both of those firms were multi-junction a-Si PV producers. We had been less dismissive concerning equipment vendor Oerlikon's efforts in a-Si because in our many conversations with Chris O’Brien, Oerlikon Solar’s head of market development in North America, he firmly stated that the firm's aggressive cost targets were in reach. He cited first-mover advantages, having a longer legacy in micromorph (tandem-junction) designs, and starting off with an efficiency advantage. He also cited som...

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