Solar PV R&DProject Inline Inspection Tools for Photovoltaic Manufacturing
This report details an overview of the design and build two new products, the iLSL2 and the LIS-B1.
The aim of the project was to properly specify, and then design and build two new products, the iLSL2 and the LIS-B1. General release of these two products included customer trials and substantial revisions of prototypes in order to enhance performance and reduce cost.
This project was focused around the development of two new products to be used by manufacturers of silicon wafers and cells as used in photovoltaic modules. The key question for the development of each tool was whether we could design and deliver products to our customers that allowed them to reduce their manufacturing costs or increase their solar cell efficiencies (and hence revenues) sufficiently in order to generate a capital equipment ‘payback’ of less than 12 months (which is the current ‘hurdle’ for manufacturing equipment purchases in this industry)