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22 October 2008


AXT becomes first Ge substrate maker to be charter member of CPV Consortium

AXT Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which manufactures gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and germanium substrates, and raw materials, has become a charter member of the CPV Consortium, a global industry organization that aims to support the development and long-term success of the concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) industry in providing a low-cost, reliable source of mainstream renewable energy.

Consortium activities are focused on assuring that CPV systems and installations are safe; creating confidence in performance claims; reducing confusion in the market about the technology; and assuring development of an infrastructure for rapid growth.

“Given the importance of alternative energy development and the ongoing technical success in advancing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of CPV cells, we strongly believe in the consortium’s mission to provide a solid foundation and infrastructure that supports every aspect of bringing this promising technology to mainstream applications,” says AXT’s chairman & CEO Phil Yin.

Multi-junction III-V CPV cells are mostly grown on germanium (Ge) substrates, and offer significantly higher efficiencies than traditional photovoltaic systems. “We are proud to be the first charter germanium substrate member,” says Yin, who adds that AXT joins the consortium alongside a distinguished list of companies that the firm knows and respects. Other charter members include 3M, Concentrix, Emcore, ISFOC, Isofoton, Solfocus and Veeco.

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