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Date: 29-09-13

Solar PV cell efficiency taken to new levels

Last week there were two announcements related to innovation in increasing solar PV efficiency. Both are from a team of companies rather than individual company.

In the established silicon PV cell domain imec, RENA, and SoLayTec have achieved solar PV cell efficiency of 20.1% on a Passivated Emitter and Rear Cells (PERC) type silicon solar cells, which are made using atomic layer deposition (ALD) Al2O3 passivation and standard screen printed contacts.

These silicon solar cells are manufactured on imec’s silicon solar cell pre-pilot line using RENA’s InPilot tool for rear-side polishing and emitter removal, and SoLayTec’s spatial ALD tool for Al2O3 deposition. A top efficiency of 20.6% was reached when applying Cu-plated contacts at the front instead of silver screen printed contacts.

ALD Al2O3 passivation process by SolaYTec is aimed at lower cost of ownership (

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