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