Nines PV, the Irish equipment and process development firm, has secured €3 million from InnoEnergy to help bring its novel, universal etching/texturing process for solar PV manufacturing to market.
Atmospheric Dry Etching (ADE) is the latest innovation from Nines and is an enabler for many cost lowering initiatives being sought by today’s leading solar PV companies.
The ADE process is a fully patented solution that was specifically developed for the needs of the PV industry.
The investment supports the development of a high throughput industrial ADE production tool that is planned to be installed with leading Tier-1 PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS in early 2019.
The pilot tool will be installed at the Hanwha Q CELLS Headquarters for Technology and Innovation in Thalheim, Germany.
To support these activities Nines PV has started a new collaboration with a well know machine builder, NTS from Eindhoven in Holland.
“Together with the productisation expertise and manufacturing capabilities of NTS, and the ongoing PV cell processing support from long-time collaborator Fraunhofer ISE we believe Nines will be ready to play a major role in the upcoming new wave of PV cell production expansions,” said Nines PV CEO Edward Duffy
Nines is planning to rollout this new high throughput industrial tool product; ADE6000 through 2019 and beyond.