The appetite for PERC upgrades amongst PV module manufacturers continues to drive production equipment orders. InnoLas has reported growing orders in 2014 and a strong start to 2015.
In particular manufacturers are deploying the InnoLas Ultrafast PERC process, for Laser Contact Opening (LCO) for PERC production. The process is enabled through InnoLas ILM-2 laser system.
Our investments in R&D are paying off, said InnoLas CEO Markus Nicht. We are the technology leader in advanced PV manufacturing processes like PERC and cell cutting. These process steps offer a cost effective way to increase solar cell efficiency and thus give our customers a competitive edge. Nicht added that the company has been able to take its processes from the laboratory into 24/7 production.
InnoLas has not provided revenue figures for 2014.
The company is also pushing its cell cutting technology, which can enable half-cell module production. Its laser systems can but used to cut standard cells for half-cell modules, thereby allowing manufacturers to reduce cell-to-module losses.
The InnoLas ILM-2 laser tool can be applied with its soft breaking unit to cut solar cells and sort the half pieces into stack boxes. InnoLas claims a cell throughput of 3,000 cells/hour with the machine. It reports that it has sold three of the machines for half-cell cutting.
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