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Posted: January 27, 2009
INER Orders AIXTRON MOCVD Tool For Solar Cells
(Nanowerk News) AIXTRON AG announced today that in the fourth
quarter 2008 the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), based at Taoyuan, Taiwan,
ordered an AIX 2800G4 Planetary Reactor® system for the production of Germanium / III-V
based solar cells.
The MOCVD tool is to be delivered in 15x4 inch wafer configuration with options to utilize up
to 8 inch wafers and will be shipped in the first quarter of 2009. INER will utilize the reactor
as part of its High Concentration Photovoltaic System Research and relevant advanced
Development Project which aims to develop in due course III-V based higher efficiency
photovoltaic devices for its High Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) project, in which INER
has already demonstrated a 100kW solar power system.
Dr. Cherng-Tsong Kuo, Project Leader of the High Concentration Photovoltaic System
Research and Development Project, comments: “The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
has focussed on development of solar cell modules for some years now. With the world-class
standard AIX 2800G4 MOCVD system we expect to own the complete turn-key process and
beat our own project targets.
AIXTRON’s MOCVD tools are well-known for their process capabilities in the solar cell area.
Already we have enjoyed a professional and responsive working relationship with the local
AIXTRON team, which we expect to continue when the new MOCVD tool arrives”.
INER has applied the technology developed from its research on radiation detectors to the
development of III-V solar cells, modules, and solar tracking systems. Working with local
companies INER completed a prototype with energy conversion efficiency of over 35%.
Building on this it will further develop an epitaxy manufacturing process to produce cells with
energy conversion efficiency of 45%.
INER has an aggressive plan to diversify into renewable and other new energy sources. It
has already achieved impressive results from photovoltaics and other technologies such as
wind power, cellulosic alcohol and fuel cells. Having already set up a 100 kW capacity solar
power demonstration system, construction of 1 MW demonstration system is nearly