CSEM and Meyer Burger to develop pilot production line for heterojunction cells

Swiss equipment maker Meyer Burger Group and Swiss research institute CSEM intend to jointly develop a pilot manufacturing facility in Neuchâtel, Swizterland that will produce hetero-junction solar cells using a combination of crystalline and amorphous silicon. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy and the Canton of Neuchâtel have agreed to provide a total of 10 million ($13.7 million) to support the project. The University of Neuchâtel and Meyer Burger subsidiary Roth & Rau AG have been cooperating on this technology for several years. The hetero-junction technology has so far only been used commercially by Japan-based Panasonic Corp., which uses the technology to produce its "HIT" solar cells (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer).

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