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Posted: Oct 06, 2010
Photon etc. Showcases a Photovoltaic Hyperspectral Analyzer With Electricite de France
(Nanowerk News) Photon etc. and the Institute for Research and Development of Photovoltaic Energy (IRDEP)
in France have agreed to showcase Photon etc's Photovoltaic (PV) Hyperspectral Analyzer in order to demonstrate its
performance and business value for the photovoltaic industry.
The showcase is funded by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE) of
Quebec (Canada) and offers an opportunity for Photon etc. to market a new and innovative product. Potential customers
will be able to test Photon etc's PV Hyperspectral Analyzer on site and thereby mitigate both technological and financial
risks related to the purchase of a new characterization system.
Photon etc. and IRDEP have jointly developed the PV Hyperspectral Analyzer in order to produce a highly efficient
reflectance and photoluminescence spectral imaging system. This product brings new possibilities to developers and
producers of thin film PVs, which are more complex than crystalline silicon technologies. Current emphasis is on copper
indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) family of compounds, but the system is applicable to most heterogen materials.
Photon etc's president, Sébastien Blais-Ouellette, says that "thanks to this technology showcase funded by MDEIE, we will
be able to demonstrate not only theoretical concepts, but empirical results obtained in real conditions. These results will
help convince other laboratories and manufacturers of the benefits provided by the system".
This technology showcase will set a standard for a new type of PV Hyperspectral Analyzer for thin film technologies. As
Bernard-Alexandre Gaulin, Photon etc's Director of Sales and Marketing, explains: "the demand for such analyzers is
growing and there is still no product ready on the market. It is an exceptional opportunity for Photon etc. to be a leader in
the development of thin film PV characterization and quality control systems".
The high sensitivity of the analyzer allows each component of the PV material to be characterized for assessing the
properties of individual cells. For research and development, this will lead to a better understanding of the thin film PV
structure and allow optimization of fabrication processes. In a production setting, the PV Hyperspectral Analyzer offers
precision quality control to enable default tracking early in the process. The Photon etc's analyzer thus offers potential for
analysing PV cells both in the production line and in the laboratory, thereby significantly increasing yield.
IRDEP is a joint research unit founded in 2005 by Electricité de France (EDF) R&D, the Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique (CNRS) and the Engineering School Chimie-ParisTech. Its originality lies in the synergies created between its
academic and industrial components to promote innovative developments in the field of photovoltaics, from fundamental
breakthroughs to proof-of-concept devices.
About EDF Group
The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active in all
businesses: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer
in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities, where 95% of the electricity output involves
no CO2 emissions. EDF's transport and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium
voltage overhead and underground electricity lines, and about 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The
Group is involved in supplying energy and services to 38 million customers around the world, including nearly 28 million in
France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €66.3 billion in 2009, of which 49% were derived from European
countries outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
About Photon etc.
Photon etc. offers state-of-the-art photonic and optical research instrumentation. Its patented spectral imaging and optical
sensing technologies provide solutions for a wide variety of scientific and industrial applications. From material analysis to
medical imaging, Photon etc's expertise and spirit of innovation allow the exploration of uncharted territories.