TEL Solar is a manufacturer of production equipment for the manufacturing of thin-film silicon solar modules.TEL Solar owns the patent for the double junction thin film silicon technology from 1993. The two junctions consist of the amorphous silicon top cell and the microcrystalline silicon bottom cell. Micromorph is the brand name describing the amorphous/microcrystalline silicon tamdem cell. TEL Solar was the first to integrate boron doped zinc oxyde deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition as the Transparent Conductive Oxide layer, and the first to commercialize the high-efficiency Micromorph process. The majority of its customers upgraded from amorphous single junction to micromorph technology.TEL Solar is headquartered in Switzerland and has about 650 employees. The installed production capacity at its customer sites cumulates to 1 Giga Watt . TEL Solar maintains sales and service centers in the USA, Europe, China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and Japan. Wikipedia.
News Article | June 21, 2017
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Additive (NYSE: GE), Concept Laser and Arcam AB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oerlikon of Switzerland to collaborate on accelerating the industrialization of additive manufacturing. The agreement includes the provision of additive machines and services to Oerlikon, while Oerlikon becomes a preferred component manufacturer and materials supplier to GE Additive and its affiliated companies. Further, GE and Oerlikon will collaborate on additive machine and materials research and development over the five-year period of the agreement. The MoU was announced at the Paris Air Show. “GE Additive and Oerlikon both understand the transformative power of additive manufacturing,” said Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive. “This is further proof that the adoption rate of additive is growing rapidly and we’re proud to partner with Oerlikon.” Among the agreements in the MoU: “Developing innovative technology is key to our growth strategy,” said Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of Oerlikon. “We look forward to partnering with GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam on innovative materials and machines which will strengthen our position in additive manufacturing, and allows us to meet the growing demand for additive components in a variety of industries.” Additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and building them on an additive machine, layer by layer from metal powder. Additive components are typically lighter, more durable and more efficient than traditional casting and forged parts because they can be made as one piece, requiring less welds, joints and assembly. Because additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less waste material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers. For many years, GE has been a leading end user and innovator in the additive manufacturing space. In addition to the $1.4 billion investment in Concept Laser and Arcam, GE has also invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies over the past 10 years, developed additive applications across six GE businesses, created new services applications across the company, and earned 346 patents in material science. In 2016, the company established GE Additive to become a leading supplier of additive technology, materials and services for industries and businesses worldwide. Oerlikon is an additive manufacturing market leader with deep expertise in advanced materials, production, post processing, and surface solutions. Leveraging its global service network and strong customer relationships across many industries, Oerlikon is well positioned to drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing as an integrated materials and service provider. In 2016, Oerlikon acquired Citim GMBH to complement its additive production capabilities in Europe and the USA. Oerlikon is also building a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing powder production facility in Plymouth, Michigan (USA); a state-of-the-art R&D and production facility in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), and a world-class R&D and innovation center in Munich, Germany. GE Additive is part of GE (NYSE: GE) - the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Additive includes additive machine providers Concept Laser and Arcam EBM; along with additive material provider AP&C and additive service provider to the medical industry, DTI. As a notable user of additive technologies GE recognize the value and potential it brings to modern design and manufacturing. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, resources and intellect. GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.geadditive.com Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading global technology group with a clear strategy to become a global leader in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. Backed by the key ability to intelligently engineer and process surface solutions and advanced materials, the group is committed to invest in technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable and efficient, and environmentally sustainable products. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13,500 employees at more than 180 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016. The company invested CHF 94 million in R&D in 2016 and has over 1,000 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. and Corning Inc. | Date: 2011-09-01
Solar cells or solar modules of the so-called tandem type, i.e. stacked arrangements of photovoltaic absorber devices on a substrate with a textured surface are described. The thin film solar cell has a substrate comprising a textured surface, and a front electrode layer comprising a transparent conductive oxide adjacent to the textured surface, wherein the electrode layer has a thickness less than the roughness of the textured surface.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2011-07-27
The invention relates to a vacuum processing system for processing a substrate (2), with an enclosure (1) for carrying the substrate (2) to be treated in a substrate plane (4), whereby the enclosure (1) comprises a first reflecting means (6) and a heating means (5) having a first plane surface (10) and an opposed second plane surface (11), the heating means (5) is configured for irradiating heating energy only via the first surface (10) and/or via the second surface (11), the first reflecting means (6) is configured for reflecting the heating energy irradiated by the heating means (5) onto the substrate plane (4), and the heating means (5) is arranged such that the first surface (10) faces towards the first reflecting means (6) and the second surface (11) faces towards the substrate plane (4).
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2010-12-17
The invention relates to a mounting interface configured for a photovoltaic module (1) comprising a backside (2) having an overall backside surface size (4, 5), the mounting interface comprising at least six mounting elements (3) attachable to the backside (2) of the photovoltaic module (1) for mounting the photovoltaic module (1) on a mounting surface, wherein each mounting element (3) comprises a mounting element surface having an overall mounting element surface size (6, 7) such that the contact area between the photovoltaic module (1) and the mounting element (3), when attached to the photovoltaic module (1), equals the overall mounting element surface size (6, 7), and the overall backside surface size (4, 5) of the photovoltaic module (1) divided by the summarized overall mounting element surface size (6, 7) of all mounting elements (3) is 40 and 160, preferably 50 and 80, more preferably 52. The invention provides for reducing the size of each mounting element (3) such that the overall amount of material required for the mounting is reduced, resulting in minimized material costs.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2010-01-18
A thin-film tandem photovoltaic cell comprises on a glass substrate a front TCO (3), an amorphous silicon cell as top cell (5), a semi-transparent reflector layer (7), a microcrystalline silicon bottom cell (9). Thereby, the semi-transparent reflector layer (7) is of n-doped silicon oxide with an index of refraction below 1.7. The thickness of the amorphous silicon top cell (5) is below 200 nm.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2011-04-04
Micromorph tandem cells with stabilized efficiencies of 11.0% have been achieved on as-grown LPCVD ZnO front TCO at bottom cell thickness of just 1.3 m in combination with an antireflection concept. Applying an advanced LPCVD ZnO front TCO stabilized tandem cells of 10.6% have been realized at a bottom cell thickness of only 0.8 m. Implementing intermediate reflectors in Micromorph tandem cell devices allow for, compared to commercial SnO_(2), reduced optical losses when LPCVD ZnO is used. At present highest stabilized cell efficiency reached 11.3% incorporating an in-situ intermediate reflector with a bottom cell thickness of 1.6 m.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2011-01-12
The present invention provides a mounting, configured for fixing a reactor, in particular a PECVD reactor, in a vacuum chamber (1), the mounting (10) comprising a framework of at least two outer beams (11) being arranged opposite to each other, and a plurality of cross beams (12), wherein the outer beams (11) and the cross beams (12) form compartments (13), in which temperature controlling elements are provided. The mounting (10) according to the invention has a reduced weight and is producible cost saving.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2011-04-29
A plasma reactor with a recipient (33) and an electrode (38) has two exhaust openings (34, 35) spaced apart in a close proximity to the electrode (38). A flow diverter body (37) in the space of the reactor (33) between the periphery (313) of the electrode (3a) and the exhaust openings (35, 34) diverts the exhaust effect of the exhaust openings (35, 34) to avoid combined exhausting effect to become effective in the reactor space adjacent to the addressed periphery (313).
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2012-06-28
The invention relates to a roller drive device for use in a deposition system for manufacturing a photovoltaic device having a substrate (12), the roller drive device comprising a roller means (9) and a cover means (1), whereby the roller means is arranged slidable along a roller means axis (11) between a rolling position and a retracting position, whereby the roller means is configured for transporting the substrate in the rolling position, the cover means is arranged slidable along a cover means axis (2) between a shielding position and an opening position, whereby, if the roller means is in the retracting position, the cover means is configured for shielding the roller means against contamination by a substance present in the deposition system in the shielding position, and the roller means axis and the cover means axis are arranged tilted to each other.
Oerlikon Solar Ltd. | Date: 2011-06-09
A photovoltaic device is provided that includes a substrate, a first transparent conductive layer positioned on the substrate, a plurality of transparent conductive rods positioned on the first transparent conductive layer and having a growth direction, the growth direction extending in a direction away from the substrate, a photovoltaically active layer covering the plurality of transparent conductive rods rods and a conductive layer positioned on the photovoltaically active layer.