Optical technologies maintaining growth course in photovoltaics – Innovative manufacturing methods for photovoltaics at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2011
February 2011 – The current growth trend in optical technologies (the cross-technology of photonics) is also being confirmed for manufacturers of means of production for photovoltaics: Optoelectronic systems are being used to an increasing extent in machines for the manufacture of photovoltaics modules, thus increasing production efficiency. In particular, laser technology is proving its superiority in processes such as material removal, fusion, soldering, welding and drilling. Lasers have become indispensable tools, especially in the manufacture of thin-layer solar cells. Manufacturers are therefore profiting directly from the continuing positive trend in the photovoltaics industry: Trade associations and research institutes are predicting a growth rate of between 10 and 20 percent in 2011. LASER World of PHOTONICS 2011 will therefore also examine the area of photovoltaics manufacturing as part of the focus topic of “Green Photonics” from May 23 to 26, 2011.
LASER World of PHOTONICS, the world’s leading trade fair for photonics, will also purposefully emphasize the key role of optical technologies in coping with social and ecological challenges. During the focus topics of “Lasers and laser systems for production engineering”, “Green photonics” and “Biophotonics and life sciences”, the trade fair and the World of Photonics Congress will both be devoted to the future topic of resource efficiency and will address the growth markets in the industry. Photovoltaics manufacturing will therefore be one of the areas looked at in the focus topics.
Quick, careful and effective processes
In future laser technology will make it possible to carry out an increasing number of processes in the manufacture of photovoltaics modules more efficiently and more precisely. Production steps such as edge coating removal on solar modules are now already a standard process in laser technology. However, other processes such as soldering and welding of solar modules or edge insulation of solar cells using ultra-short pulsed lasers are already normal. Solutions in these areas will be presented at LASER World of PHOTONICS by exhibitors such as 3D-Micromac AG, Chemnitz, InnoLas Systems GmbH, Krailing, LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH, Dortmund, Newport Spectra-Physics GmbH, Darmstadt, Schott AG, Mainz, and Umicore Thin Film Products, Balzers, Liechtenstein.
Future of photovoltaics manufacturing
Lasers with nanosecond laser pulses have been used on a wide scale to date. However, they are not suitable for some production steps because they overheat the material even with this extremely short pulse frequency. Picosecond and femtosecond lasers are therefore being utilized more frequently in order to develop other production steps in future. Thanks to “cold” material processing, the still young laser generation will in future also permit, for example, so-called “patterning” of highly sensitive CI(G)S modules which are made of the elements copper, indium, gallium and selenium. Due to the different properties of the various constituent parts, these modules present special challenges for material processing.
The exhibitors at LASER World of PHOTONICS will include manufacturers of picosecond and femtosecond lasers, for example Trumpf Laser GmbH + Co. KG, Schramberg, and Rofin Sinar Laser GmbH, Hamburg. Leading research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), Aachen, will complement the exhibitors by presenting the latest findings from applied research and will provide detailed information on production and machining methods from thin-layer structuring through to high-speed drilling of silicon wafers.
Photovoltaics manufacturing in the World of Photonics Congress
The World of Photonics Congress from May 22 to 26, 2011 will accompany the trade fair with both scientific contributions and practical talks on the latest applications. The program will also include conferences and events on material processing topics such as the “Lasers in Manufacturing” Conference (LIM 2011), which is being organized by the German Scientific Laser Society (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Lasertechnik e.V. (WLT)).
The practical talk entitled “Photovoltaics and Lasers” at 10.00 on May 24, 2011 will be primarily devoted to the topic of photovoltaics manufacturing. The speakers in this event will be Dr. Ulrich Hefter from Rofin Sinar and Arnold Gillner from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology. Another practical talk on this topic will be ”Energy and Lightweight Construction: Laser Enables Productivity & Quality“, which will take start at 14.00 on May 23, 2011. The speakers here will be Dipl.-Ing. Rüdiger Daub from the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb) at Munich Technical University and Dipl.-Ing. Florian Albert from Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, Erlangen.
About LASER World of PHOTONICS
The LASER World of PHOTONICS trade fairs and their congresses are the most important marketplaces and think tanks for the worldwide laser and photonics industry and its users. They combine research and applications, and promote utilization and further development of optical technologies.
LASER World of PHOTONICS has been held since 1973 every two years by Messe München International. The World of Photonics Congress, which is Europe’s largest photonics congress and is organized in cooperation with the world’s leading organizations in this field is held in parallel to the event. A sister event, LASER World of PHOTONICS China, is the leading regional trade show for optical technologies in China. It takes place in Shanghai every year in March.
With a total of 1,300 exhibitors and more than 50,000 visitors in Munich and Shanghai, Messe Muenchen International is one of the world’s leading trade show organizers for lasers and photonics. The World of Photonics websites at www.world-of-photonics.net offer information on the photonics trade shows, industry information, market data, details on product innovations, and application reports. They are the virtual platform for optical technologies.
Messe München International (MMI)
Messe München International (MMI) is one of the world´s leading trade-fair companies. It organises around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and key high-tech industries. Each year over 30,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, and over two million visitors from more than 200 countries take part in the events in Munich. In addition, MMI organises trade fairs in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America. Via its six subsidiaries – in Europe and in Asia – and 64 foreign representatives actively serving over 90 countries, MMI has a worldwide business network. Environmental protection and sustainability are key priorities in all MMI´s operations, at home and abroad. Further information: www.messe-muenchen.de
About the conference program in the World of Photonics Congress
The world’s leading organizations in the field of photonics will organize conferences under the umbrella of the World of Photonics Congress from 22 to 26 May 2010: “CLEO/Europe-EQEC“, organized by the European Physical Society (EPS); “Optofluidics” and “Manufacturing of Optical Components”, organized by the European Optical Society (EOS); “LIM Lasers in Manufacturing“, organized by the Scientific Laser Society (WLT); “ECBO-European Conference on Biomedical Optics“, organized by SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA); “Optical Metrology“, organized by SPIE Europe; Application Panels – practical applications of lasers and photonics, organized by Messe München. More information at www.photonics-congress.com
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