Qcells Partners with Lumet for Advanced PV Cell Technology

May 31, 2024 03:42 PM ET
  • Qcells partners with Lumet for cutting-edge solar technology, reducing costs and increasing efficiency with fine-line metallisation. Exciting advancements ahead!

Qcells, a solar manufacturer under Hanwha Solutions Corp, will be the first to use Lumet's fine-line metallisation technology for its PV solar cell lines. This technology involves screen-printing conductive silver fingers onto the cell's surface, with Lumet achieving a finger width of 5 microns compared to the industry standard of 20 microns. This reduction in finger width aims to decrease silver usage, costs, and light shading, ultimately leading to increased efficiency.

Danielle Merfeld, Qcells' global chief technology officer, stated that after thorough evaluation and testing, the company sees significant potential in Lumet's metallisation technology. The technology is praised for setting records in terms of fine lines, low cost, high efficiency, speed, and footprint size. Additionally, Qcells' commitment to expanding its USA-based manufacturing aligns well with the low CAPEX and high automation level of Lumet's systems, making them an attractive choice for the company's operations in Georgia and investments in the US solar supply chain.

How will Qcells' adoption of Lumet's fine-line metallisation technology impact solar efficiency?

  • Qcells' adoption of Lumet's fine-line metallisation technology is expected to significantly impact solar efficiency by reducing silver usage, costs, and light shading.
  • The technology allows for a finger width of 5 microns, compared to the industry standard of 20 microns, leading to increased efficiency in PV solar cells.
  • Lumet's metallisation technology has been praised for setting records in terms of fine lines, low cost, high efficiency, speed, and footprint size.
  • Qcells' global chief technology officer, Danielle Merfeld, has stated that the company sees significant potential in Lumet's technology after thorough evaluation and testing.
  • The low CAPEX and high automation level of Lumet's systems align well with Qcells' commitment to expanding its USA-based manufacturing, making them an attractive choice for the company's operations in Georgia and investments in the US solar supply chain.

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