TU Ilmenau to Develop III-V Solar Cells with Aixtron R&D MOCVD
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April 3, 2012... Aachen/Germany--AIXTRON SE today announced that existing customer Ilmenau University of Technology, one of the leading research institutes in Germany, has placed an order for one AIXTRON MOCVD system in a double 1x2-inch wafer configuration. The system will be used to develop new materials and structures for III-V-based opto-electronics, high-efficiency concentrator photovoltaics and III-V-integration on silicon and germanium.
The reactor was ordered in the third quarter of 2011 and will be delivered and installed by AIXTRON Europe’ s service support in the third quarter of 2012 at the new facilities of the photovoltaics department at TU Ilmenau.
“This new R&D MOCVD system will make an enormous difference to the effectiveness of our new photovoltaics program,” says Professor Thomas Hannappel of TU Ilmenau. “We will be able to use its process compatibility with our earlier generation reactors which springs from our long-standing close relationship with AIXTRON. This is amongst the best technology available and has the ability to rapidly become effective for even the most challenging research. We also know we can call upon AIXTRON’s experienced staff to provide back-up service. This combination will spur our endeavours and deliver world-class results promptly and efficiently.”
“We are proud to be part of TU Ilmenau’s new research program in III-V-based photovoltaics, a very important area for the future use of energy,” says AIXTRON´s COO Dr. Bernd Schulte. “By building on earlier successes we will strive to perfect highly efficient materials and devices with the best economics as the market evolves.”
Recently, Professor Thomas Hannappel received a Chair for Photovoltaics from the TU Ilmenau which is associated with the scientific leadership of the SolarZentrum of the CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik und Photovoltaik GmbH in Erfurt. For many years, TU Ilmenau has pursued its strong focus on energy and environmental technologies. Under Professor Hannappel’s leadership, the world-renowned Ilmenau institute intends to complete basic scientific and industry-related research as well as fostering further close cooperation with the photovoltaic group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.
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