BTU Debuts SWIFT Inline Diffusion Technology at SNEC for Scalable, Ultra-High Throughput
"As PV demand continues to grow vigorously, manufacturers are strategizing the best ways to expand capacity. We are presenting a scalable technology that can provide up to 15,000 wafers per hour, while conserving factory floor space and lowering cost per watt," said Bob Bouchard, corporate marketing manager for BTU International. "This technology is adaptable to both traditional and PERC p-type cells and provides a real game-changing process solution," added Bouchard.
The Meridian™ inline diffusion system featuring new Stacked Wafer Inline Furnace Technology (SWIFT) can be configured to produce up to 15,000 wafers per hour for both high efficiency PERC and traditional p-type cells. The process can be integrated into new and existing solar cell lines.
BTU also will present its latest advancements for co-diffusion processing of n-type advanced cell structures. The inline co-diffusion process dramatically lowers cost per watt by eliminating process steps, enabling cost-effective mass production of n-type bi-facial cells. An innovative dopant application method enables patterned emitter formation for IBC and other back contact cell structures.
The SinTerra, the latest technology for metallization drying and firing from BTU, offers outstanding value by providing high-performance heating and low-bow cooling technologies. SinTerra delivers the lowest cost of ownership with industry-leading uptime, unmatched process repeatability and competitive pricing.
To learn more about BTU's solar cell process equipment for inline diffusion, metallization and solar cell annealing, visit BTU in booth E3-210 at SNEC. For more information, visit www.btu.com.
BTU International is a global supplier and technology leader of advanced thermal processing equipment and processes to the electronics manufacturing and alternative energy markets. BTU equipment is used in the production of printed circuit board assemblies and semiconductor packaging as well as in the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuel. BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China with direct sales and service in the U.S.A., Asia and Europe.