NEUCHATEL, Switzerland and PETACH-TIKVA, Israel, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The
Thin-Film Photovoltaics Laboratory at IMT, a world leading lab in silicon-based
thin-film solar cells research, part of the renowned Ecole Polytechnique
Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), and BrightView Systems, an innovative developer of
production process optimization tools for the solar industry are joining forces
to introduce novel solutions for the optimization of next generation thin-film
solar cells production.
BrightView's advanced solutions will be utilized to provide real-time feedback
to encompass a complete framework for process optimization that is scalable from
pilot line to mass production of large area panels.
We are convinced that the strategy of BrightView, their ideas, dynamism,
specific know-how and unique approach to key issues in manufacturing, will allow
us to achieve our goals, said Prof. Christophe Ballif, head of the PV
By targeting key manufacturing challenges related to optimization and effective
control of optical and electrical cell properties, the partners aim at improving
the efficiency and reliability of solar cells, while enabling high productivity
at volume production. IMT brings to the collaboration its vast experience in
characterization and modeling of multi-junction thin-film silicon cells as well
as state-of the art fabrication and lab to industry process transfer.
Working closely with IMT enables us to fine-tune our solutions for process
optimization to the most advanced cell structures ahead of their incorporation
in the production lines, said Benny Shoham, CEO of BrightView. The excellent
team at IMT is one of the true forces that brings device novelty to this
industry and drives it to continuously improve efficiency, while our solutions
are designed to address key challenges in mass producing these advanced
structures. Together we will enable a faster adoption of new more efficient cell
technologies at lower manufacturing cost added Shoham.
About BrightView Systems Ltd
Founded by an experienced and innovative team, BrightView focuses on the
production technology of photovoltaic solar-cells. Leveraging on the company's
breakthrough technology, BrightView's solutions are designed to enable
solar-cell manufacturers to maximize production efficiency. Implementing
BrightView's solutions will lower the $/w production costs and will therefore
accelerate the solar industry's roadmap towards grid parity. BrightView -
Perfecting solar energy production.
About IMT PV-Lab
The IMT PV-Lab was founded by Prof. Arvind Shah in 1985 and has pioneered
several breakthrough technologies for thin film silicon, including VHF plasma
processes and the micromorph tandem cell concept. The lab is at the origin of
many patents and has obtained record performances related to thin film Si solar
cells. The laboratory employs over 45 persons and its current research focuses
on thin silicon films prepared by plasma processes, transparent conductive
oxides, high efficiency crystalline solar cells and module lamination
technology. PV-Lab infrastructure comprises of all necessary characterization
and testing tools, as well as an impressive process technology array of more
than 15 deposition reactors, etching systems, laser scribing tools and
laminators that allow for the fabrication of complete devices, from layers and
cells to finished modules. The IMT has been initially developed within the
University of Neuchatel and was integrated in EPFL on January 1st, 2009.
For more information please contact:
BrightView Systems Dr. Nicolas Wyrsch EPFL STI IMT-NE PV-LAB Rue Breguet 2 Tel:
+972-3-929-1400 CH-2000 Neuchatel e-mail: email@example.com e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.brightview-sys.com http://pvlab.epfl.ch
SOURCE: BrightView Systems LTD.
For more information please contact: BrightView Systems, Tel: +972-3-929-1400,
e-mail: email@example.com; Dr. Nicolas Wyrsch, EPFL STI IMT-NE PV-LAB, Rue
Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org