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industrial solar photovoltaic Applications

  • Metrology for the photovoltaics industry

    Quality control to maximize efficiency is critical in the competitive photovoltaic industry. For some time solar texture has been thought to qualitatively affect solar cell efficiency. However, through large-area, 3D measurements and areal feature parameters, quantitative correlation of texture to efficiency has only recently been obtained. We now know that ISO 3D surface parameters linearly correlate with solar cell efficiency.

    By Bruker Corporation based in Billerica, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

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    Chemical Analyzing in Photovoltaics for the Solar Power Industry

    In the earlier days, the chemistry involved in solar cell manufacturing was relatively simple, using commodity chemicals. With cell efficiencies continuously on the rise and new cell concepts slowly being introduced with increased speed of processing, precise chemical concentration control is becoming crucial to obtain consistency and more cost-effective manufacturing of solar panels. This is possible by monitoring on-line the etching bath composition, a small but genuine step forward in your competitive advantage.

    Typical parameters: NaOH – Si – HF – HNO3

    By AppliTek NV based in Nazareth, BELGIUM.

  • Evaporators technology for photovoltaic & Microelectronics industries

    The manufacturing process of the cells that make up the photovoltaic systems and the printed circuits require water in quantity and high quality. This water has to be managed wisely so as not to affect the productivity and the expenses of the plant.

    By EVALED - Veolia Water Technologies based in Zoppola (PN), ITALY.

  • Waste gas & wastewater treatment for the solar industry

    Generating solar energy is considered `green technology`, even though the production of solar cells based on silicon predominantly uses process stages that have been common practice in the semiconductor industry for many years. As in the semiconductor industry the production of solar cells employs dangerous and environmentally harmful substances, which require abatement according to legal provisions. The production of photovoltaic cells therefore is subject to strict requirements for treatment of waste gases and wastewater. Solutions need to be easy and cost-effective. The contaminated wastewaters and waste gases should, under no circumstances, lower performance, endanger the health and safety of humans, or otherwise negatively affect the availability of production facilities. The safety of the production line must be guaranteed at every step and in every operating situation.

    By DAS Environmental Expert GmbH based in Dresden, GERMANY.

  • TESTS ON THE FIELD FOR PV PLANTS

    There is no legislation to control of the proper functioning of pyranometers used to measure solar radiation installed in the PV field. The control can be effectively carried out with portable instruments suitable to avoid uninstalling pyranometers set in areas normally inaccessible as placed at the side of panels. A quick test on the field assesses whether a good maintenance is sufficient to obtain a reliable measurement of the solar radiation or if it is necessary to send radiation sensors to the manufacturer for a control. In order to make a test on the field and verify the proper operation of a photovoltaic system, Delta Ohm provides a set of tools that allow an easy and flexible use.

    By Delta OHM S.r.L. based in Caselle di Selvazzano, ITALY.

  • Integrated real-time gas analysis solution for solar PV industry

    Solar technology as a renewable energy technology is spreading around the world, with major manufacturing operations occurring in China, Germany, Spain, and the U.S. For solar photovoltaics, specialty chemicals are required for the production of the photovoltaic materials.

    By CIC Photonics, Inc. based in Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO (USA).

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