EUREC Member, ISC Konstanz transfers bifacial n-type nPERT (BiSoN) and IBC (ZEBRA) cell technology to SoliTek/Valoe
The International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz e.V. (ISC Konstanz) has signed a technology transfer agreement in May 2018 with PV module assembly equipment supplier based in Finland for R&D centre’s advanced ‘BiSoN’ (Bifacial Solar Cell on N-type) and ZEBRA (diffused and screen printed n-type IBC) solar cell technology.
ZEBRA based IBC cells have reach conversion efficiencies of more than 23% (at comparable costs to standard PERC cells) and module efficiencies would be supported Valoe’s unique back contact module technology that can also handle ultra-thin N-type mono wafers, lowering production costs.
Valoe noted that it had acquired a solar cell production line from Megacell S.r.l., which was under liquidation, and a producer of bifacial n-PERT solar cells in Italy based on the ISC Konstanz technology. Valoe also noted that it planned to transfer part of the production line to PV manufacturer SoliTek Cells’ production facility in Lithuania to undertake volume production of nPERT and IBC solar cells for customers of Valoe, beginning 2019.