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The promise of solar energy: applications and opportunities for laser processing in the manufacturing of solar cells
Author(s): Corey M. Dunsky
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Paper Abstract

Photovoltaics has in the last five years enjoyed unprecedented growth and acceptance as part of the worldwide energy mix. Innovations in both wafered silicon and various thin-film PV technologies anticipated in the next 5-10 years promise to lower the cost of PV power to parity with that supplied by the grid. When that occurs, the growth of the industry will be pulled even more strongly by market demand. A challenge in meeting this growth will be the availability of automated production equipment that can streamline the solar cell manufacturing process. Laser processing offers the potential to provide several facets of that high-volume manufacturing solution. This paper provides an overview of PV technologies, discusses current and emerging laser processes for PV manufacturing, and highlights some of the challenges for laser technology and systems that must be met to fulfill this promise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6459, Laser-based Micro- and Nanopackaging and Assembly, 64590M (20 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717854
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Corey M. Dunsky, Coherent, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6459:
Laser-based Micro- and Nanopackaging and Assembly
Wilhelm Pfleging; Yongfeng Lu; Kunihiko Washio; Friedrich G. Bachmann; Willem Hoving, Editor(s)

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