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PV manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce emissions resulting from the manufacture of solar panels. Above all, this entails reducing or – even better – eliminating the need for environmentally unfriendly materials in chamber cleaning. In addition, as the industry heads towards to grid party, the challenge lies in improving yield and cell efficiency and lowering manufacturing costs overall. This calls for a strong, reliable and knowledgeable partner offering dedicated solutions and a single point of contact for the wide range of specialist materials used in PV production processes.
Our commitment to clean energy and its global gas and engineering capabilities make it the materials technology partner of choice for both thin-film and crystalline silicon solar-cell manufacturers on any scale and in any location. Our technologies and solutions help photovoltaic manufacturers move beyond grid parity to green parity by improving their carbon dioxide footprint and reducing cost per watt through innovative gas and chemical technologies. We help to eliminate the risk of unwanted emissions by removing greenhouse gases from the production process. We are also speeding the adoption of environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes through technologies enabling materials replacement, recycling, re-use and reduction.
Our PV innovation roadmap not only focuses on the direct reduction of gas costs (through On-Site generation of bulk gases, for instance), but also on the development of materials technologies to:
Reduce the cost of PECVD chamber cleaning
Increase manufacturing line throughput
Improve cell efficiency.
Close collaboration with the industry and alignment of our research and development goals with primary industry objectives have been critical success factors for Linde to be selected as the gas supplier of choice to more than half of all global PV manufacturers.
By partnering with Linde, PV manufacturers benefit from:
In-depth, reliable knowledge of processes and gases applications
Full range of ultra-pure gases and wet chemicals
Strong technology focus
Turnkey solutions for fabs of all sizes