3 April 2012

Germany’s TU Ilmenau to develop III-V solar cells with Aixtron R&D MOCVD system

Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, Germany says that in third-quarter 2011 existing customer Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany ordered a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system in a double 1x2-inch wafer configuration.

The reactor will be delivered and installed by Aixtron Europe’ s service support in third-quarter 2012 at the new facilities of the photovoltaics department at TU Ilmenau. It will be used to develop new materials and structures for III-V-based opto-electronics, high-efficiency concentrator photovoltaics and III-V-integration on silicon and germanium.

“This new R&D MOCVD system will make an enormous difference to the effectiveness of our new photovoltaics program,” says professor Thomas Hannappel of TU Ilmenau. “We will be able to use its process compatibility with our earlier-generation reactors, which springs from our long-standing close relationship with Aixtron.” He adds that the technology has the ability to rapidly become effective for even the most challenging research. “We can call upon Aixtron’s experienced staff to provide back-up service,” he notes.

“We are proud to be part of TU Ilmenau’s new research program in III-V-based photovoltaics, a very important area for the future use of energy,” says Aixtron’s chief operating officer Dr Bernd Schulte. “By building on earlier successes we will strive to perfect highly efficient materials and devices with the best economics as the market evolves.”

Recently, Hannappel received a Chair for Photovoltaics from TU Ilmenau which is associated with scientific leadership of the SolarZentrum of the CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik und Photovoltaik GmbH in Erfurt. TU Ilmenau has focused on energy and environmental technologies for many years. Under Hannappel’s leadership, it intends to complete basic scientific and industry-related research as well as foster further close cooperation with the photovoltaic group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.

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