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24 August 2007


Veeco launches thermal deposition sources for CIGS solar cells

Veeco Instruments Inc of Woodbury, NY, USA has extended its proven thermal deposition source technology to the manufacturing of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells.

The new range of production-scale PV-Series Thermal Deposition Sources includes the PV-Series SUMO Source (for copper, indium and gallium) and the PV-Series Valved Source (for selenium and sulfur), offered in capacities for both R&D and production environments, and relieves the most serious challenge facing the CIGS photovoltaic cell sector, the firm claims: transitioning from R&D to high-volume manufacturing.

“Veeco’s new PV-Series sources for CIGS represent the industry’s first commercially available production-scale thermal deposition solution for thin-film solar manufacturing,” claims Jeffrey Hohn, VP and general manager, MBE Operations. “Our PV-Series sources will accelerate our customers’ production ramp, reduce capital costs and provide more reliable operation, compared to currently available sources or solar cell manufacturers’ in-house custom designs,” he believes.

Veeco's suite of solar technology solutions also includes MOCVD systems for multi-junction solar cells.

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