Natcore Technology, Eurotron sign joint development deal

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New Jersey-based Natcore Technology Inc. has signed a joint development agreement with Eurotron B.V., a Dutch company that manufactures automated equipment for the production of PV modules.

Natcore said Eurotron had “perfected a technology based upon a patterned conductive backsheet that provides excellent cell-to-module performance for back-contact solar cells.” Natcore has produced back-contact cells with its proprietary laser technology – most recently a silicon “HIT-structure” (heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer) solar cell. A collaboration with Eurotron would therefore be a “perfect example of synergy,” said Natcore President and CEO Chuck Provini.

The company said its collaboration with Eurotron had three primary objectives:

  • To adapt Natcore’s laser process to a contact design that is compatible with Eurotron’s back contact technology
  • To enable Natcore to incorporate six-inch cells into commercial-style modules, using both its own technology and Eurotron’s Backcontact Module technology
  • To explore possibilities for further cooperation wherein Natcore would commercialize Eurotron’s Backcontact Module technology as it may be used in conjunction with Natcore’s laser-based technology on a new cell design.

Joint work will be performed in the Eurotron Competence Center, a facility that opened last year to provide lab-to-fab testing and pre-production services for solar cell and module technologies. Natcore said the Competence Center was likely the first in the world dedicated to back-contact cell/module technologies.

Natcore will produce prototype six-inch demonstration cells for delivery to Eurotron once it has optimized its technology on a small scale.

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