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Bernhard Krause
Hanauer Landstrasse 103, 63796 Kahl am Main
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SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES Presents New Modular System for Chemical Buffer Layer Deposition CIS/CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cells
March 13, 2015

Kahl am Main, March 13, 2015 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is the market leader for Chemical Buffer Layer Deposition for CIS/CIGS thin-film solar cells and will present the latest development in this technology at the coming SNEC 2015 in China. With the development of a completely new concept for the TENUIS II CBD system SINGULUS will open up the way to cost-effective production. This machine is a central component for the manufacturing of CIS/CIGS thin-film solar cells.

The industrial manufacturing machines of the TENUIS type have a modular cluster system and enable both significant savings in terms of required floor space and the simultaneous one-sided coating of two substrates. The new generation of the TENUIS plant offers substantial cost advantages in the production of high performance CIS/CIGS thin-film solar cells. With application and temperature control, the process time has been reduced, bringing the positive effect of significantly higher production line output.

The new system makes it possible to use alternative buffer layer by replacing the intermediate layer system consisting of cadmium sulfide and zinc oxide by a combination of zinc oxide sulfide and zinc magnesium.

The new generation of the TENUIS plant offers substantial cost advantages in the production of high performance CIS/CIGS thin-film solar cells. Furthermore, the costs are significantly reduced by process adjusted temperatures and by the very efficient use of process chemicals enabling the new plant to consistently exploit the savings potential in the manufacturing of thin-film solar cells. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES offers wet processing systems from R & D, through over pilot use to full production range 60, 150 and 300 MW.

Enabler in the CIS/CIGS thin-film solar cells industry
Through its production systems, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES supplies wet-chemical processing and selenization systems for second-generation CIGS/CIS cells and has thus positioned itself at the vanguard of technology leaders for pioneering development and production systems. Inline sputtering systems add a further production stage to the portfolio, which already spans the key processes of CIGS/CIS cell production. In light of the anticipated volume of investment in production lines for CIGS/CIS thin-film solar cells, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES believes the long-term prospects of the solar segment to be bright. Through its new system concepts and innovative processes, the company is promoting the development of solar technology, which will play an increasingly important role in the global energy mix.

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES – Innovations for New Technologies
SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES develops technologies for economic and resource-efficient production processes. The applications include vacuum thin-film coating, surface engineering, wet-chemical processes as well as thermal process technologies. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES utilizes its know-how in the areas of automation and process technology in order to develop additional, attractive work areas with innovative products alongside the existing application areas of consumer goods, energy, entertainment, mobility and semiconductors.

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, Hanauer Landstrasse 103, D-63796 Kahl/Main, ISIN: DE0007238909, WKN: 723890


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