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Economic production technology for photovoltaics

On the world's largest photovoltaics exhibition and conference EU PVSEC in Valencia, Spain (September 6-9, 2010) the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST will present newest production technology for the photovoltaic industry on the Fraunhofer joint booth B27 in hall 3, level 2.

For the first time the Fraunhofer IPA will present recent results of the EU project ASPIS to the professional audience. In the last months the project consortium under the coordination of the Fraunhofer IPA developed a first prototype of a new type of concentrator module in which sun tracking and concentrating Fresnel lenses are integrated in an innovative way. In addition, the researchers offer custom-tailored and cost-efficient solutions for handling and automation for various manufacturing processes. On the subject of laser processes for photovoltaics the Fraunhofer ILT presents a system for structuring materials for thin film solar cells, equipped with an extremely cost-efficient mini laser of the size of a cigarette box. On site, silicon layers on glass substrate are structured to demonstrate the potential of modular processing systems for thin film photovoltaics. In Fraunhofer IST's magnetron sputtering system surfaces can be coated with completely new material combinations. For the field of photovoltaics, the specialists from Braunschweig present diverse application examples.

Contacts: If you may have any questions our experts will be pleased to assist:

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA Dipl.-Ing. Roland Wertz Phone +49 711 970-1505 roland.wertz@ipa.fraunhofer.de Nobelstraße 12 70596 Stuttgart Phone +49 711 970-00 Fax +49 711 970-1399 www.ipa.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering an Thin Films IST Elena Droege Phone +49 531 2155-536 elena.droege@ist.fraunhofer.de Bienroder Weg 54 E 38108 Braunschweig Phone +49 531 2155-0 Fax +49 531 2155-900 www.ist.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT Dr. rer. nat. Malte Schulz-Ruhtenberg Phone +49 241 8906-604 malte.schulz-ruhtenberg@ilt.fraunhofer.de Steinbachstraße 15 52074 Aachen Phone +49 241 8906-0 Fax +49 241 8906-121 www.ilt.fraunhofer.de

idw :: 05.08.2010